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Honoring and Celebrating Women Influencing Our Past, Present, and Future
Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, began to fight for the right to vote even though many Americans disapproved at the time. It wasn’t until 1890 when two woman suffrage groups, the National Woman Suffrage Association and the American Woman Suffrage Association, joined together that change began to take place. Wyoming was the first state to grant women the right to vote, and within 20 years, the entire U.S. followed suit. Ride made history when she crossed two thresholds: being both the first American woman and the youngest American to enter space. In training, she was one of only five other women who were selected for NASA’s class in 1978. It was through her superior athletic abilities and extensive knowledge in the sciences that she became part of the five-member crew that boarded the Challenger STS-7 serving as the flight engineer. She had an enthusiastic passion for improving science education and encouraging young women to nurture their love for science. There’s no denying these three women and countless others throughout history are incredible. However, when I stop this month to think about a woman who impacted my life the most, there’s no better person than Mom. My mom is the strongest person I know. She raised five children and seemingly had everything under control at all times. Having children of my own, I’m sure that often wasn’t the case. I can’t imagine how she handled all five herself
Although Mother’s Day is still a few months away, I can’t help but think about my mother during March. It’s Women’s History Month, a time reserved to celebrate and honor women who influenced history through their contributions. And I think we all know it’s also important to celebrate the women of today, too. Women’s History Month was first celebrated in 1981 as Women’s History Week. Over time, and with the efforts of the National Women’s History Project, Congress designated that this holiday be extended to the whole month of March in 1987, but it was yet to be made a yearly tradition. According to the Women’s History Month website, “Since 1995, presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as Women’s History Month.” Every March, people across America remember, learn, and share stories about the women they’ve known personally or who have made history. This includes learning about the creation and passing of the 19th Amendment, remembering Sally Ride, or sharing how our own family members have affected our lives. In 1919, women throughout the U.S. gained the right to vote — a victory won after a 50-year, hard-fought battle — as the 19th Amendment was passed. This fight first started in the mid-19th century when the National Woman Suffrage Association and movement was founded. Women suffragists, such as Lucretia
during those long summers on the family farm when we weren’t occupied in school for most of the day. Thanks to her, we all turned out well and are eternally grateful for the good she did and continues to do. Mother’s don’t get enough appreciation these days! This month, it’s important to recognize not just the women of our past but the ones who continue to influence us to this day. They continue to inspire people across the world and influence the women of tomorrow.
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