There are a number of events happening around the worlds to celebrate girl power and honor the 30th anniversary of Women’s History Month including International Women’s Day, International Women’s Strike, and a Day Without Women. The month of March is seen to be action packed and full of excitement. This month we honor women like Helen Keller, Mother Theresa, Harriet Tubman, Maya Angelou, and many others. These women did extraordinary deeds that shaped the world and will continue to go down in history. “In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month to highlight the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.” NYC Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo said in a statement of Women’s History Month. “We live in a time where women at times feel unprotected and powerless. Women represent 51 percent of the U.S. population, but only 19 percent of the legislative body in Washington elected as the voice of the people. It is time to cheer on girls and women of all backgrounds who deserve the opportunity to make a difference,” she adds.
According to a recent article in HealthcareITNews, GE outlined the talent crisis for women in STEM roles with a number of key statistics, in the U.S. today, only 14 percent of all engineers and 25 percent of all IT professionals are women. Though women make up 55 percent of all college and graduate students overall, only 18 percent of computer science graduates are female, according to the US Bureau of Statistics. Over the centuries women have broken gender roles, made a difference in society, and joined together to form an army of feminists. Women have taken over the press, the film industries, the educational system and its about time they get some credit. Women just want to be paid equally, offered the same opportunities as men and recognized for their contributions in all aspects of life. The month of March is the perfect time to do that, but remember that appreciation should go farther than the month of March. Take the time to thank a female inspiration, let them know you appreciate them and encourage them to obtain their own goals, whatever they may be. When we encourage and develop women, we help everyone.
By: Rayiah Ross