International Women's Day
International Women’s Day! We celebrate every year on this date (March 8th) the accomplishments women have made throughout history and the current movement for women’s rights. Women have fought for centuries and are still fighting to this date to get equality. Many people misinterpret the equality women are trying to have. Equal pay and equal opportunity for employment are high up there on the list of equality. Last year on January 21, 2017, began the Women’s March in Washington D.C., that was also held worldwide. This march is to advocate legislation and policies regarding human rights, health care and other issues, including women’s rights.
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Some important times in women’s history:
- The Women Suffrage Movement which began in 1848. One of the most famous events was the women’s rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York (which was not the first meeting in support of women’s rights, but is viewed as the meeting that launched the suffrage movement).
- 1849 Harriet Tubman escaped slavery in Maryland for Philadelphia through the Underground Railroad and lead hundres of other slaves their freedom as well.
- Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton founded the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1869.
- 1903 Marie Curie was the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize. Curie and her Husband found that the element radium existed.
- 1912 Girl Scouts of America was founded by Juliette Gordon.
- On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote.
- 1932 Amelia Earhart flew across the Atlantic.
- Rosie the Riveter (“We Can Do It!” poster) is an icon for the women who worked and served during WWII. This poster promoted feminism.
- 1942 Women served in the armed forces during WWII.
- 1955 Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama. This played a major role in raising awareness of African American Civil Rights.
- 1969 Shirley A. Chisholm became the first African American woman in Congress.
- 1973 Roe v Wade was the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide in the United States.
- 1983 Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.
- 1994 Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act.
- 2007 Nancy Pelosi became the first female speaker in the House of Representatives.
- 2014 Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Prize for activism on behalf of children's rights. This was after being shot in the head 2 years prior while fighting for educational rights for girls in Pakistan.
There are many more facts of women's accomplishments in history. Today let’s celebrate the women who fought for us to be here, the women who made history fighting for what they believe in, the current movement's women are encountering today, how far women have made it and let’s celebrate the future women have in this world.
Today we celebrate US! Cheers Ladies!