In the United States, Women’s History Month traces its beginnings back to the first International Women’s Day in 1911. In 1978, Congress established a National Women’s History Week, an event designed around the week of March 8th.
This month-long celebration is serves as a time to reflect on the achievements and struggles of women all over the world and how they have overcome them. It is a time to look back and see all of the things women have done for this planet. In 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to receive a medical degree, from Geneva Medical College. In 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly an airplane solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
More recently there have been big brakes in the glass ceiling, like Malala a girl who fought for women’s education and won the Nobel Peace Prize. Or Katherine Brown the country’s first open bisexual governor. Women like these have inspired others today to take even bigger strides towards gender equality.
By: Megan Saari