Don’t let the boys fool you into thinking March is all about basketball – it’s Women’s History Month! This year’s theme is Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination. There’s a little of that in each of us, don’t you think? Special attention is being paid to women in STEM industries, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (skills that definitely aren’t in each of us).
2013 is the 26th national celebration of women’s history, and it starts with a bang. March 3rd marks 100 years since suffragettes in purple, green and white sashes (denoting dignity, purity and hope) paraded down Washington’s Pennsylvania Avenue in the largest public effort to gain the right to vote. Held in 1913 the day before the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson, the landmark protest was a full 7 years before passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution declared:
“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
If you’re in D.C. this weekend, join the centennial re-enactment. Otherwise, stay at home and watch Iron Jawed Angels, the award-winning 2004 film about the story of march leader, Quaker, and NotMom Alice Paul and her feminist co-patriots.
But first, check out the awesome video set to the music of Lady Gaga, Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage. Producers at the educational design agency Soomo Publishing quietly reinforce the truth that not every woman supported the suffrage movement, and that voting rights came first only to white women (and men).
The good news: Today, every woman enjoys the ability to speak her mind at the voting booth, so be sure to use yours.
Women’s History Month is jointly sponsored by The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
(Image Credit: U.S. Library of Congress)