March is Women’s History Month, a time when organizations, schools and communities throughout the nation promote a multicultural history perspective by honoring female leaders of diverse cultural, ethnic, occupational, racial, class, and regional backgrounds.” Sure, women have made great strides in breaking down barriers, but with the United States still lagging behind in areas such as political leadership, there’s still a need to spread awareness about the achievements of women and take action to reduce gender inequality.
The 2015 theme is “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.” According to the National Women’s History Month organizers, “Accounts of the lives individual women are critically important because they reveal exceptionally strong role models who share a more expansive vision of what a woman can do. The stories of women’s lives, and the choices they made, encourage girls and young women to think larger and bolder, and give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience. Knowing women’s achievements challenges stereotypes and upends social assumptions about who women are and what women can accomplish today. There is a real power in hearing women’s stories, both personally and in a larger context. Remembering and recounting tales of our ancestors’ talents, sacrifices, and commitments inspires today’s generations and opens the way to the future.”
Thanks to the Web and social media, there are simple ways you can get involved right from your couch. Check out a few tips below.
- Share facts about the accomplishments of women around the world by visiting sites like, Black Enterprise, History.com, Clinton Foundation and WomensHistory.
- Find a local event — check out your local newspaper online for activities in your area.
- Change your profile picture on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Help share the story of a woman who inspires you or has made a positive impact on your life.
- Join an organization whose mission is aligned to an issue that you are passionate about. Get involved in activities where you can advocate and educate others on the importance of women’s empowerment.
- Write an article about women’s issues and pitch to an online news publication.
- Plan a brunch or event that honors women in your community who’ve helped make the world better.
- Host or participate in a Twitter Chat or online radio show and invite a woman who is changing the lives of others.
Do you have any events or plans to celebrate Women’s History Month? If so, leave a comment below.