Saturday, March 26, 2011

National Women's History Month

Why is a month dedicated to Women's History?
This is because the accomplishments of women have been historically ignored.

Today we enjoy the fruits of the fight the women before us fought for so heroically.  This is a time of year to recognize those women and reacquaint ourselves with what has been gained, what must be kept, and what is yet to be accomplished.

Imagine ourselves today without the right to vote, to own property or file for a divorce.

Throughout history, women have come together to change our society for the better whether it was gaining reforms in the early 1900's that gave us sewage systems and pasturization of milk or, more recently, reforms giving women rights to credit and home ownership, says Joan Wages, NWHM (National Women's History Museum) President & CEO.

Keep in mind women did not have the right to vote until 1920 when the Nineteenth Amendment was passed.  "The American woman suffrage movement is recognized as officially starting in 1848, at the Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention in New York. At the conference, women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott wrote and signed a Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, outlining issues and goals of the emerging women's rights movement, such as increased education and employment opportunities, divorce and child custody laws, and the right to vote. The most radical and difficult goal to achieve turned out to be women's right to vote."

Women's contributions and accomplishments for the most part have been overlooked and consequently omitted from mainstream culture

So, The National Women's History Museum is asking for support of legislation to build a permanent home for this museum in Washington D.C.  On March 30th at 1:45 p.m. join with other women, friends and family on Capitol Hill as Representative Carolyn Maloney and Senator Susan Collins announce this legislation.  Here is a petition to show support of this legislation.

Women's history isn't meant to rewrite history. The objective is to promote scholarship and expand our knowledge of American history.

Share an important woman in history who has effected the way we live today. Email her name and a quote to lorelei@pinkladders.com.  We will recognize her on the Pink Ladders facebook page.