In the United States, March marks the month where we celebrate women’s history. We reflect and discuss the accomplishments of past and present women to society. The inclusion of women’s history month in the year is positively progressive, but why can’t it be more? There is just too much to fit into thirty-one days.
Women’s history is extremely complex, dating back centuries. There were the suffragettes who fought to give women a voice politically. There were women like Rosie the Riveter who worked to keep the economy afloat during World War II. There were the Amelia Bloomer’s who changed fashion forever by taking a stand and wearing pants. There are the Malala’s and the Michelle Obama’s who are role models for girls throughout the entire world today. One month is simply not enough time to adequately celebrate all the contributions made by these amazing women and more.
Women’s history should be honored and recognized in the month of March, but it should not stop there. The recognition of women’s history should not just be limited one month because in the dynamic society we have today, women’s history should equal men’s. The heightened recognition that women’s history receives in March should be continued throughout the rest of the year. Women’s history is world history, so it should be recognized as such.
Women’s history month is a good thing and it is important because it creates a place of unity for all women around the world. But as a group, women deserve more acknowledgment. March highlights our achievements and us as a part of society, but then the portrayal tapers off. As women, we are shaped by our past, which we see in March but seem to forget for the other 11 months. Women are making history every day, and this needs to be recognized in March as well as the rest of the year.