Women’s History Month
March is Women’s History Month, and, what with the third wave feminist movement (or is it the fourth?) seemingly underway, we took a moment to sit back and ponder why it’s important to recognise and engage with it. Women’s History Month helps to highlight how far we have come but also how far we have to come. For some, having a whole month dedicated to women’s history seems odd given that we don’t celebrate a ‘Men’s History Month’. But here’s the thing, a large proportion of history has been dominated by men.
Here are some reminders of why we should celebrate women, and continue to fight for our rights.
Women are still sexually harassed regularly in many ‘modern’ supposedly forward-thinking societies.
It’s still legal to rap and sexually assault women in parts of the world.
In some places, girls are killed as soon as they are born, simply for being girls.
In many professions women are still not paid the same amount as men, for doing exactly the same jobs.
Women continue to be objectified in the media by the tabloid press, men’s and women’s magazines.
It’s not all doom and gloom. Women’s History Month is also about celebrating the myriad achievements women have already made. From the leader of the suffragette movement Emmeline Pankhurst, to the famous chemist who researched radioactivity Marie Curie, or to your own mother for raising you to be the strong, independent woman who (quite literally) are. So let’s go forth and celebrate Women’s History Month by spreading the word, love positivity and boosting awareness of what still needs to be achieved.