Feminism and March: Women’s History Month

Feminism has shown how powerful and strong women can be for centuries. All across the world, women are fighting for equality between men and women as well as self-respect. March has been deemed Women’s History Month and Edinboro University certainly has done their share of representing the power of women.

Almost every single day, the university has had some kind of event representing women empowerment. The University Programming Board (UPB) even played Sarah Gavron’s “Suffragette” film, this past weekend in the Scots Cinema. “Suffragette” was released in 2015 and tells the tale of courageous women who helped begin the feminist movement by fighting a dangerous war against men. The movie focuses on one woman in particular, Maud, who fought for her dignity as well as her son after he was taken away from her.

Women’s History Month began as a national recognized celebration in 1981 after Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 requesting the President to proclaim the week of March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Within years following, congress passed resolutions to their previously passed law. In 1987, however congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 designating March 1987 as “Women’s History Month” after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project. Since 1995, each of our presidents have proclaimed March as “National History Month” according to the Law Library of Congress’ guide to the legislative history of Women’s History Month.

Men and women all across the world celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8. This celebration is designed to reflect on women’s progress throughout history, while continuing to recognize areas needed for change and celebrate the courageous and determined women who have done amazing things for our current generations as well as generations to come.

According to the Women’s United Nations website, International Women’s Day began being celebrated by the UN on March 8 in 1975 which was International Women’s Year. In 1977, the General Assembly proclaimed a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be celebrated on any day of the year by Member States, in correspondence to their historical and national traditions.

The labor movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and Europe were the sparks of this powerful holiday. IWD has made an impact for women in developed and developing countries. It has also built support for women’s rights and the participation in political and economic events.

The United Nations describes this year’s holiday as a chance to accelerate the 2030 Agenda. The Agenda focuses on 5 major key goals that they hope to accomplish. This year’s celebrations were very successful. Many speeches and events took place all over the world, including the launch of HeforShe Arts Week and The UN commemoration.

In our world today, we see how feminism is beginning to turn over new areas of discussion such as abortion, a women’s right to chose, body shaming, slut shaming, and a variety of campaigns. Although some topics may be uncomfortable for some, it is important to realize that this is how it all began. Women would like to feel equal to men and will do whatever they can to help other women in times of discomfort and inequality.

The month of March is not quite over yet, therefore a variety of events centering on women will occur on campus. This week there will be a politics in women panel, women’s diversity panel, women in the past, present, and future presentation, leading ladies in social work poster presentation, and biography presentation on Jane Goodall.

To see the full list of events or check times of the events listed above please visit the University Events Calendar which can be found on the university website.

Also, to learn more about women’s history please visit this URL of an interactive timeline:

http://interactive.unwomen.org/multimedia/timeline/womensfootprintinhistory/en/index.html#front1

 

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