Celebrate, Educate and Nominate!
This month, we’re celebrating lots of things. The end of a long winter, St. Patrick’s day, National Puppy Day (apparently), but most importantly, March is National Women’s History Month. A whole month dedicated to women’s history means celebrating women’s accomplishments from all over the world and every time period. From Cleopatra to Hillary Clinton, it is time we recognize women’s accomplishments throughout history for what they are: accomplishments. It wasn’t until 1986 that 14 states had declared March Women’s History Month, and in 1987 Congress declared it officially to be National Women’s History Month.
National Women’s History Month inspires future generations of women like me. By understanding and feeling represented in a historical context, whether it be science, art, English or politics, girls and young women such as myself are more likely to have broader ambitions about their own lives.
As a high school junior, I read the book I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai for an AP English project, not expecting that the story of a 17-year-old woman would shape my future as a Public Policy and Law and Human Rights double major. Malala Yousafzai stood up to the Taliban in Pakistan at only age 17, and demanded equal access to education for girls. Her inspiring story not only introduced me to the importance of equal education for women, but sparked my interest in pursuing a major in human rights. Her fearless devotion to women’s rights proved that anyone can make a difference in the world, and her bravery in fighting against unequal rights at such a young age demonstrates the importance of equality. She continues to be a strong advocate for equal access to education. Read more of her story here.
CWEALF’s “Women of Inspiration” series allows people to nominate women who inspire them through their work in the community or achievements. Follow the series all month long by liking CWEALF on Facebook! There is still time to nominate a woman of inspiration here!
By Liz Siranosian, Leadership Corps - Trinity College at 15 Mar 2017, 11:49 AM
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