Women’s History Month 2024

Women’s History Month 2024

March 15, 2024 | Evident Change

A multi-colored graphic of women that says "Women's History Month."

Women’s History Month has been celebrated annually since Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 in 1987. In a society rooted in patriarchy, women have had to overcome many barriers to excel in a variety of roles. Using numerous strategies from the civil rights movement, Women’s History Month brings awareness of the contributions and achievements of women in the United States who are often overlooked.

The National Women’s History Alliance designated “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion” as the theme for this year’s Women’s History Month to focus on those who give us all a sense of belonging. These women have fought against racial injustice, protected fundamental human rights, and educated us all despite facing numerous obstacles.

CHANGE AGENTS PAST AND PRESENT

Coretta Scott King headshot

Coretta Scott King was a leader and activist who faced racial injustice and segregation and yet never gave up fighting for what was right. She developed a passion for peace activism as a student and influenced her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to embrace nonviolent techniques during the civil rights movement. Coretta Scott King was a champion for equality and participated in the Women’s Strike for Peace. After Dr. King’s death, she continued to fight for justice, working to establish a day of recognition in his honor, which was passed in 1986. She also fought for LGBTQ protection rights. She passed away in 2006.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg headshot

The late Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the first Jewish woman Supreme Court justice. Justice Ginsburg was well known for fighting for gender equality, civil rights, and LGBTQ community rights. She passed away in 2020.  

“Fight for the things you care about but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” —Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Isabel Wilkerson headshot

Isabel Wilkerson is a renowned journalist and author who has been instrumental in shifting the conversations around diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her latest book, Caste: The Origin of Our Discontents, explores the concept of a caste system and how it artificially and arbitrarily ranks human value in society. Through her research, she has been educating people about how privilege and oppression play out in our lives. Wilkerson’s work has shed light on the historical US racial divide and sparked conversations with leaders worldwide on how to address inequities and improve policies and processes.

Robyn Ochs headshot

Robyn Ochs is a US-based activist, speaker, and editor of two anthologies. She advocates for the rights of people of all genders and orientations to live safely and openly. Ochs focuses on increasing awareness of complex identities and mobilizing people to be powerful allies to each other. She is particularly interested in promoting bi+ health, supporting bi+ people in the workplace, and advocating for LGBTQ youth.

CALL TO ACTION

Women have made remarkable contributions to US society and have been the change agents in moving diversity, equity, and inclusion forward. Despite progress, there are still inequities that need to be addressed.

Acknowledging the contributions of women is crucial in creating a more inclusive and equitable society, and Evident Change will continue to support the advancement and freedom of women and all people.

WAYS TO HONOR AND CELEBRATE WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

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Recognizing the Roles of Women Throughout American History