The Allen Ellison for Congress team celebrates Women’s History Month. Women’s History Month began as Women’s History Week in 1982. The first time it was celebrated as a full month was in 1987. Much like Black History Month, one month is not nearly long enough to cover all of the achievements of women. What we can do is educate and commemorate Women’s History Month in a number of different ways.
Here are 7 things you can do to celebrate Women’s History Month:
7. Donate to charities focused on protecting women’s rights. Women’s rights have been under attack and we need to pool our resources to protect them. Celebrate Women’s History Month by donating and volunteering with charities focused on fighting to help women achieve and then maintain equality and equity in all areas.
6. Learn About Inspiring Women. Women have been the architects of society for centuries. Learn more about the ways women have helped create our world and share what you learn with friends. There are several on our list of 125+ Black History Making Pathfinders on our blog.
5. Learn about women’s suffrage. Women’s suffrage is the right of women to vote. 2020 marks 100 years since the 19th Amendment to the U.S Constitution granted white women the right to vote. Women’s suffrage has a complex history that largely excluded African-American women from the major organizations. After the amendment, millions of women of color were still barred from the polls. Taking time to learn about how women’s history affected different demographics of women is important.
4. Purchase and read books written by women. Support female authors by purchasing their book and leaving glowing reviews about the book online. Encourage your friends to do the same. We need more women sharing their voices and perspectives. We need to show we will support women when they are given the opportunity to publish their work.
3. Support movies, vlogs, blogs and other content created by women. Subscribe, share, donate and purchase content created by women. Leave engaging comments and recommend your network do the same.
2. Support a woman-owned business. Be intentional about your spending all month long. Chances are there is something you need that is offered by a woman-owned business. Find women owned businesses and pay full price for their products and services.
1. Compliment women you see everyday. While it is fun to celebrate history makers like Katherine Johnson and Ida B. Wells it is equally as important to pause and celebrate the women who impact your life on a daily basis. These are our mothers, sisters, cousins, friends, coworkers and different staff we encounter. Take time to honor the women who impact your life with a kind note or thoughtful gift.
The Ellison for Congress team celebrates the amazing women before us, behind us, beside us and around us.
Do you have other ideas about ways to commemorate Women’s History Month? Share them in the comments below!