Today marks the beginning of 2 important events.
1: The month of March, which symbolizes to many, the hope of spring and the end of a long, cold winter.
The Online Free Dictionary defines march:(märch) v. 1. a. To walk steadily and rhythmically forward in step with others. b. To begin to move in such a manner: The troops will march at dawn. 2. a. To proceed directly and purposefully:
2: Women's History Month. An explanation on womenshistory.gov states:
Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week." Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as "Women’s History Week." In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month." Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”
From the Law Library of Congress' guide to the legislative history of Women's History Month
It seems appropriate that the two join together. The march of women throughout history has definitely had it's ups and downs. Even today, there are countless women in many segments of society who are viewed as little more than possessions. Many of us watch in disbelief when we see the subjugation of women around the world.
We continue to hope for a deliverance of women around the world.
I wonder how I would feel if I had found myself born or married into a culture that denied me my voice, my opinions, my feelings. Would I still be the same ambitious, hopeful, dream-driven woman, even if my society denied my right to such things?
Our initial thought is that 167 years ago there were women put into prison for daring to say we should be able to vote. Yet beyond that, they stood for the rights of women in the family and in the educational system.
An excellent article on the beginning of the women's rights movement can be found here.
Today, I begin something I haven't attempted before. I'm so proud that I have the RIGHT as an American woman to choose to do so. What are YOU glad you have the RIGHT to do?
I 'march' with others around the blogosphere to honor and bring to light women of history and women of today. Keep your eyes open for #womenslives all around your social media world. More than reading, please enter into the conversation. Your voice is so important.
With my background and personal history, one of my greatest desires is to elevate and support women who choose to work from home. We do so for various reasons; some emotional, some financial, some social.
Every work at/from home woman has a deep abiding reason to continue the process. I've worked on a corporate level and climbed the ladder. I've worked at, what some consider menial jobs, backbreaking labor, to help support our family. I've chosen to stay home when others thought I was crazy to do so. All because I had the RIGHT to decide whether to work at home or not.
This month, people all around the world will be blogging about women, their involvement with shaping the world, and their place in the news of history, and today. I'm proud to be part of an initiative with SheKnows and National Public Radio to continue to elevate the status of women.
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