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A Start! Women's History Month 2023

As a female in the U.S. I’ve always heard discussion of Women’s History month and International Women’s Day, but I never took the time to learn about it. What is it and what exactly do we do for it? Well I’m here to share my dive into this information and I hope to increase awareness of it as I go.

Women have had a colossal impact on our history not only as a nation but as a world community. The first celebration of women’s impact on history occurred March 8, 1911. Women are recognized for their economic, social, and political achievements on this day internationally. What originally started as a week celebration has turned into a monthly one.

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter, passed the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8th as National Women’s History Week after a group of women’s historians and associations lobbied for national recognition. Following presidents continued this tradition until the year of 1987 when congress passed Public Law 100-9 declaring March as National Women’s History Month.

Each year a different theme is chosen for the month. For the year of 2023 the theme is, “Celebrating women who tell our stories.” This will focus on influential women who have shared stories through various media such as art, books, radio, stage, screen, podcasts, blogs, and more. As a woman myself I’m curious to see who has played a crucial role in this form.

There are several ways one can celebrate this special month-long theme. I have compiled a list for you from Your Dream Blog published March 1st, 2022.

1. Explore the history of women’s rights.

2. Be aware of issues women continue to face today.

3. Download the Feminist Activist toolkit.

4. Post on social media to spread awareness.

5. Support Women’s non-profit.

6. Host an event to celebrate women.

7. Support Women owned businesses.

8. Write a thank you card to a woman who inspires you.

9. Write yourself a love note.

10. Support women creatives.

11. Participate in political activities.

12. Mentor a fellow female.

13. Join a woman’s volunteer club.

14. Discover your inner Shero.

15. Watch Ted Talks for women.

Something I plan to do is research influential women to blog about here for the month. I’m interested to see who I know of and learn about those I don’t. Do you have a favorite female that’s influenced your life? Tell me about them. What did they do? Are they your Shero? Do you have one that you look up to?

Below are a couple of websites with things to share through social media and learn more about Women’s History month. It’s important to increase awareness. As a female, I’ve seen the inequality between sexes in the work environment as well as in many other areas of my life. Some say women have it easy, but do we? I don’t think so.

As a mother, full time author, producer, blogger, and freelancer, I feel like I work several different jobs. I do my regular childcare, spend hours at the computer, somehow manage to tend to the house, run most of the errands, maintain everyone’s schedule, and cook. That is just a brief overview of it all because there is a ton that goes into that. There literally are not enough hours in the day if you ask me and I’m always tired. I love that women are getting a month of recognition even if it doesn’t lighten our load. Check out some of these websites and share your Shero or Sheros with me.

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