Celebrating an Evolution of Growth From Politics to Entertainment and Beyond…
This month we step into March looking forward to spring and all of its new blossoms. Time change begins Saturday night, March 13th and depending on your background, experiences, and interests, there’s so much to celebrate. As this post gives it away clearly, this month we celebrate Women’s History, along side International Women’s Day on March 8th, 2021. Some of the other well known and other fun observances this month include Irish-American Heritage (St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th), American Red Cross month, International Black Women in Jazz & The Arts, National Nutrition, National Peanut Butter, Optimism Month, Social Work month, Paws to Read (Encouraging children to read to their pets to improve reading skills), and the list goes on.
Dating as far back into the early 1800s, women from all walks of life faced discrimination that they began repel through activist movements across the country. As a token of my appreciation, I plan on paying homage weekly with four iconic women from all kinds of categories ranging from politics to literature to entertainment, and more. Because as we know, women weren’t always accepted into any position other than being “the homemaker”. Even then, they weren’t respected or valued no matter the education level, experience, or knowledge. To say the least, we’ve come a long way. For those women who showed bravery, becoming a voice for an independent mother, entrepreneur, and societal contributor like me, I pay special thanks for making my path a hell of a lot clearer to tread through.
While the journey isn’t over as we still face many social issues, and discrimination, alongside unfair treatment (such as the still lower male to female pay salaries & higher opportunity of job advancement for males than females), we admire and prevail through the adversities by continuing to become better versions of ourselves. Holding positions the women before us fought to ensure there was space for, and ensuring the young women thereafter have the same and better.
This week, we appreciate Jeanette Rankin, the first elected woman in Congress. Sojourner Truth, who was born into slavery, became an outspoken advocate for abolition, civil and women’s rights in the nineteenth century. Her Civil War work earned her an invitation to meet President Abraham Lincoln in 1864. Susan B. Anthony, known as the champion of temperance, abolition, the rights of labor, and equal pay for equal work, Susan Brownell Anthony became one of the most visible leaders of the woman’s’ suffrage movement. Maya Angelou, was a civil rights activist, poet and award-winning author known for her acclaimed 1969 memoir, ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,’ and her numerous poetry and essay collections. Fun fact: Ms. Angelou holds over 50 honorary degrees and dozens of awards. She danced professionally in clubs including the then popular ‘Purple Onion’.
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