March is National Women’s History Month in the United States and March 8th is celebrated across the globe as International Women’s Day. “As recently as the 1970’s, women’s history was virtually an unknown topic in the K-12 curriculum or in general public consciousness. The first steps toward success came in February 1980 when President Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th 1980 as National Women’s History Week. … By 1986, 14 states had already declared March as Women’s History Month. This momentum and state-by-state action was used as the rational to lobby Congress to declare the entire month of March 1987 as National Women’s History Month. In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month in perpetuity. A special Presidential Proclamation is issued every year which honors the extraordinary achievements of American women.” –National Women’s History Project
Below are wise words from women we admire.
"I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own."
― Audre Lorde, “a self-described ‘black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet.’ Lorde dedicated both her life and her creative talent to confronting and addressing the injustices of racism, sexism, and homophobia.” (Source)
"A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men."
―Gloria Steinem, an American feminist, journalist, and social and political activist who became nationally recognized as a leader and spokeswoman for the feminist movement in the late 1960s and early 70s. (Source)
"It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent."
—Madeleine Albright is an American politician and diplomat. Albright was the first woman to have become the United States Secretary of State. She was nominated by U.S. President Bill Clinton on December 5, 1996, and was unanimously confirmed by a U.S. Senate vote of 99–0.
“I have a personality defect where I sort of refuse to see myself as an underdog. I often am reminded of it when people ask why I am confident. It’s because my parents…they raised me with the entitlement of a tall, blonde, white man.”
—Mindy Kaling, American actress, comedian, and writer.
“The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.”
― Roseanne Barr is an American actress, comedian, writer, television producer, director. She won an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her work on the sitcom Roseanne. Barr crafted a "fierce working-class domestic goddess" persona in the eight years preceding her sitcom and wanted to do a realistic show about a strong mother who was not a victim of patriarchal consumerism. (Source)
"The education and empowerment of women throughout the world cannot fail to result in a more caring, tolerant, just and peaceful life for all."
― Aung San Suu Kyi, a Burmese Social Democratic stateswoman, and president of the National League of Democracy (NLD) in in her home country of Myanmar. She was the 1991 Nobel Prize for Peace winner. In 2012, the Government of Pakistan awarded her the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Award for Democracy. In 2007, the Government of Canada made her an honorary citizen. In 2012, she was also presented with the Congressional Gold Medal, which is, along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States. (Source)
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