March is Women's History Month in the US, meant to honor the long history of women's contributions to social, technical, and cultural progress in this country, and to recognize the struggles women have faced along the way. Take a look at some of the links below, and celebrate in your office, school or home.
Articles, references and Story Maps to check out:
- Major Events in Women's History: Decade by Decade | History | Smithsonian
- Awesome list of women's history articles, interviews, and journals in the national archives
- Story Map highlighting the women's suffrage movement in the United States
- Story Map on global women's rights
How to celebrate:
There's still work to do
While it is empowering to be recognized, there is still a lot of work to do for gender equality in the US and around the world:
March has to be declared Women's History Month every year by the sitting president.
The wage gap between men and women has decreased over the years, but a significant wage gap still exists
The United States is one of the only countries in the world without a national paid leave policy for new mothers
Women's participation in the labor force has stagnated and even declined in recent years
Only 25% of US congressional and senatorial positions are held by women
Only two black women have ever served as U.S. senators, and only 45 have ever been U.S. Representatives, out of over 10,000 House Representatives since Congress convened in 1789.
There are only two Native American women serving on the House of Representatives. They were elected in 2018.
Let's keep lifting each other up, asking for more and making waves in the world!