March is Women’s History Month. This month pays tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society. It started as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” This continued for five years, and then in 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress designated the whole month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Each year between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Finally, since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”
Today, women make such a huge impact on our world and society, it is sometimes easy to forget the arduous road they had to pave to gain equality and the “right” to contribute the way we do. Although on a commercial level Women’s History Month celebrates those in history who are famous, I’m quite certain many of us are truly inspired by women who we know personally, within our own lives. I am personally thankful for my mom and my grandmother. My mother has had a tremendous and powerful impact on me as an individual. She has taught me how to believe in myself, how to be compassionate to those less fortunate, how to be generous in spirit, how to be passionate about having an impact on the world, and how to be the best that I can be. And although I never had the opportunity to meet her, my grandmother, has deeply inspired me. A pioneer during her own time in history, she was one of the first female surgeons practicing in the 1930s. Her story continues to remind me that no matter the circumstances, we all have the power to overcome challenges so that we can be who and do what we want in life.
As we celebrate women of all walks and of all causes this month, I think it is important to remind ourselves of those who are closest to us and to be thankful for their impact on our life.
What woman in your life has had an impact on you?