Women’s History Month 2021

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What Is Women’s History Month?

Women’s History Month is a nationally recognized celebration of the impact women have had on American History. Transitioning from a week to a month, every March is deemed as a time to take a step back and examine the aspects of our country’s history that otherwise has a tendency to be neglected. However, it is important to recognize that, in its origins, Women’s History Month was modeled after the ideals of First Wave Feminism, in which people of color were often excluded from the movements for social change. This is a history that is important to recognize, as it often shows through in the women chosen to fixate on during the month of March. To combat this, it is necessary that everyone makes the conscious decision to recognize women of all categories during Women’s History Month so as to best celebrate women in all of their glory. 

 

A Brief History Women’s History Month

The week of March 8, 1978, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women enacted the first Women’s History Week, making sure the week-long celebration occurred on the week of International Women’s Day. As more places began to pick up the practice on a national level, in 1980, the National Women’s History Project fought to gain true national recognition. In February of that same year, President Jimmy Carter declared that the week of march 8th would henceforth be recognized as Women’s History Week. This had been renewed by every president until 1995, when the transition was made from Women’s History Week to Women’s History Month (Womenshistory.org).

 

Women’s History Month 2021, a Recap

  • Not one, but two Black female coaches (Dawn Staley and Adia Barnes) made it to the Final Four in this year’s March Madness (Togethxr).  
  • Carrie Eighmey was the first female head coach to win an MIAA Championship since 1998. (University of Nebraska, Kearney). 
  • Zendaya took the record for the youngest actress ever to win the Emmy for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her lead role as Rue in HBO’s Euphoria (Television Academy). 
  • Beyonce made Grammy’s history by becoming the most awarded woman (and tied for second-most awarded artist) with 28 Grammy awards won (Grammy).
  •  Taylor Swift also made Grammy history in winning her third award for Album of the Year for her 8th studio album Folklore, making her the first woman to win Album of the Year 3 times and placing her in the ranks of Stevie Wonder, Stevie Wonder, and Paul Simon for second-most Album of the Year awards won (New York Times). 
  • Disney released Raya and the Last Dragon, which was the first Disney movie to feature a Southeast Asian princess. (Refinery 29). This movie also featured Disney’s first known Trans actress as the character Tail Chief, and the lead actress of the film has stated that she believes her character Raya is queer (Them.us). 

 

These are but a few of the amazing accomplishments made by women over the past month. While Women’s History Month is over, that does not mean it is any less important to recognize and appreciate the work that women are doing to make our world a better place throughout the rest of the year.