Celebrating Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, a month dedicated to observe and celebrate the vital role of women in society. This tradition initially started as a week-long celebration in 1982 until it was extended to a month in 1987. 

“To me, women’s history month means not only celebrating the accomplishments of women, but recognizing the hardships they endured,” says Junior Aby Fioramonti. 

Women did not get the right to vote in the United States until 1920, after years of the women’s suffrage movement. Inequality continued to manifest in various ways, with the most significant being the wage gap between men and women. For every dollar a man makes, a woman makes 82 cents. This gender gap is even greater for women of color. Even though pay discrimination based on gender was deemed illegal in 1963, it is still a widespread issue in the 21st century. 

Senior Elena Cusat, a student in the Women’s Studies class says, “Women’s issues depend on socioeconomic level, race, and sexuality. That’s why intersectionality in feminism is so important because we need to listen to those women who have different experiences than the general public.” 

Cusat also is a leader in Woodgrove For Women, a non-partisan organization that raises awareness of women’s issues and participates in community activities. 

“I feel most empowered when I’m helping other people, like helping out with Woodgrove for Women,” says Cusat. 

The past few years have been monumental for women with the election of the first female Vice President Kamala Harris, Chloe Kim in the Winter Olympics, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on the Supreme Court, and so many more. It is important to remember that many women go unrecognized for their accomplishments, so be sure to celebrate all women this Women’s History Month.