National Women’s History Month 2016

1 Mar

Women's HistoryMarch 1 marks the beginning of the celebration of National Women’s History Month. My dear friend Molly Murphy MacGregor led the pioneering effort to recognize how women have impacted, shaped, and influenced our world. Molly — always very humble — is the co-founder of the National Women’s History Project (NWHP) and a key force behind why we now celebrate Women’s History Month in the United States. The not insignificant move forward started in 1980, when President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th 1980 as National Women’s History Week.  Finally in 1987, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month in perpetuity.

Sadly, we still see enormous resistance to treating women equally and equitably. We have no further than to look at the current discourse presented by the GOP presidential candidates to see how far we have yet to go regarding the equitable and equal treatment of women. Never have I witnessed such anti-woman rhetoric in the last 50 years. The false and fictitious allegations brought against PlannedParenthood by misogynist David Daleiden, were nothing less than disgraceful. All subsequent investigations found no evidence of wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood. We also had to witness Kansas (R) Sen. Mitch Holmes defending a dress code for women. The dominant narrative continues to exert power over women and continues to create barriers.

We also need to look at issues of race, gender identity, and sexual orientation and all of the intersections there in when looking at all of the insidious ways women are still discriminated against.

We have much to celebrate and much work yet to accomplish.

4 Responses to “National Women’s History Month 2016”

  1. Central Oregon Coast NOW March 1, 2016 at 8:17 am #

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  2. Padma Vathi March 7, 2016 at 1:54 am #

    IAM HAVING THREE DAUGHTER.. MY BROTHER -IN -LAW HAVING SONS. WE ARE HAVING SOME ANCESTOR PROPERY. IT MEANS MY UNCLE PROPERTY . MY DAUHTER ARE HAVING ANY PROPERTY ACT UNDER WHICH SECTION. IT IS NOT ONLY MY PROBLEM. NOWDAYS ALI ARE FACING THESE PROBLEM WHO GIVEN BIRTH TO GIRLS, THOSE WHO GIVE BIRTH TO SONS ARE DOMINATING ,

    On Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 9:42 PM, Social Justice For All wrote:

    > Michael Hulshof-Schmidt posted: “March 1 marks the beginning of the > celebration of National Women’s History Month. My dear friend Molly Murphy > MacGregor led the pioneering effort to recognize how women have impacted, > shaped, and influenced our world. Molly — always very humble — is the c” >

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 7, 2016 at 5:44 am #

      Thank you for commenting here. It is painfully clear that we have so much work yet to do around equal and equitable rights for women.

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