March is Women’s History Month

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Nidhi Patel, Staff Writer

Importance of Women in History 

Women were severely cast aside in many Western histories of ‘important things like wars and discoveries, only a few were an exception. Many women across centuries have been denied the opportunity to create history due to their lack of access to power and being able to voice their own opinion without being looked down upon.

Women’s history is not a subcategory in history. nor is it secondary to ‘real’ history. 

WOMEN’S HISTORY IS HISTORY. 

We are unable to truly understand the past if we cut out the perspectives, knowledge, and impact of half the general population. Not only does it expose the long history of a system that has continued to this day held back half the population, but it also breaks down current stereotypes of women being unable to do certain things.

HISTORY OF WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH 

Started as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, California in 1978 as “Women’s History Week” and was designated as a Month by Presidential proclamation (mainly to honor women’s contributions in American history) in 1981, States began declaring March as Women’s History Month … all the way up until 1986 when a more national push for the Monti to be officially started making away according to the National Women’s History Alliance. Then, Congress declared March 1987 as the first official Women’s History Month.

VALIANT WOMEN OF THE VOTE: REFUSING TO BE SILENCED 

Centennial occurred in 2020 (since the 19th Amendment was passed in 1920 ) however due to the global pandemic, the Centennial was extended to 2021 (especially to honor women’s contributions concerning the COVID -19 reliefs ). 

In 1869 the National Woman Suffrage Association was founded.

In 1890, those demanding women’s right to vote started saying they deserved the vote because they were different from men, not because they were equal. Agreeing with more political parties and ideals, and swaying middle-class white people. Idaho and Utah gave women the right to vote before the start of the 20th century, along with other countries starting in 1910. Yet, southern states were hesitant, so Carrie Catt, the president of NAWSA, ran a blitz campaign opening suffrage organizations nationwide.

WOMEN HAVE TAKEN A LEAD IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF COVID-19 VACCINES.

Women-led nations during Covid-19 have proven to the world that women in leadership positions aren’t less skillful compared to their male counterparts. A widely noticed trend: countries led by women seem to be particularly successful in combating the virus. 

The mRNA vaccine approach was pioneered by Katalin Kariko, who coordinated with Kathrin Jansen the Head of Vaccine Research and Development at Pfizer Sarah Gilbert is a biologist-vaccinologist and the co-founder of the company developing the vaccine. Lisa Jackson has been heading the Moderna phase 3 trial in the US Hanneke Schuitmaker led the Covid -19 vaccine development trials at Johnson & Johnson. 

Kizzmekia Corbett, who is also a panelist at the 2021 WOC Conference_co – hosted by Zenerations, is the scientific lead for the Moderna Coronavirus Vaccine at the National Institute of Health with Dr. Fauci. 

Women peacebuilders have also been playing a large role during the pandemic. 

– providing access to information on healthcare and social services, especially to local marginalized communities.

 -offering mental support by organizing programs to help people deal with the effects of Covid -19. training local women on how to make goods, especially necessary ones that will be in high demand.

During these months of women’s history let us all honor the successful and visionary women who helped build our country during the month for Women’s History, including those who were not adequately recognized and celebrated for their contributions. Let’s pay tribute to trailblazers from the recent and distant past who dared to forge a future that had no previous precedent and to create a nation for all its women and girls to endless opportunities.