March is Women’s History Month and while women should be celebrated every day, since 1987, we have a month dedicated to reflecting on what we’ve accomplished and what’s yet to come. Now more than ever, women have been speaking up and banding together. Amidst rising political and social movements, women are demanding change and are no longer taking no for an answer.
The National Women’s History Project has honored 15 women of all races and ages for their contributions in varying matters, from providing resources for those who were previously incarcerated to improving employees’ working conditions. These women are just a number of those who have paved and are paving the path for others.
Time has reported that this year’s theme is “Nevertheless, she persisted,” which became a feminist slogan last year. Blending new and historic mantras, Twitter clearly agrees as users have been kicking off the first day of the month with quotes said by trailblazers and their opinions on the current social climate.
Today is the first day of #WomensHistoryMonth.
Let's make history at the polls in 2018! pic.twitter.com/MAPj6Ib7Bf
— Women's March (@womensmarch) March 1, 2018
— Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) March 1, 2018
Today, the Virginia Senate passed a resolution commending Gladys West, one of the "Hidden Figures" behind the invention of GPS. She was a mathematician, engineer, trailblazer, and is a living testimony to the resilience and brilliance of black women. #WomensHistoryMonth pic.twitter.com/JdeXFWKvsz
— ACLU of Virginia (@ACLUVA) March 1, 2018
Users didn’t hold back on what needs to change.
It’s #WomensHistoryMonth. Let’s not forget some of the struggles women still face today:
-Earning less than men, on average
-Lacking federally-guaranteed paid maternity leave
-Combatting a culture of rampant sexual misconduct
-Having reproductive rights threatened by lawmakers
— AJ+ (@ajplus) March 1, 2018
SHOUT OUT to all the women making history in #TheResistance against Trump! 🙅♀️
A woman's place is in #TheResistance 🙅♀️
— The Hummingbird 🐦 (@SaysHummingbird) March 1, 2018
Others commemorated the words of innovators.
"You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas."-Shirley Chisholm #WomensHistoryMonth #BlackGirlMagic pic.twitter.com/6IiWKBkN9r
— NAACP (@NAACP) March 1, 2018
— The Inanna Project (@TheInanna) March 1, 2018
The month isn’t just about celebrating the efforts of the women in our lives, but those of women we’re yet to hear about. How are you celebrating Women’s History Month?