March is Women’s History Month —a month to celebrate the early history of women’s organizing. Prior to World War I, women in America had to fight for opportunities like education, job training, and reproductive health, and they did so without help from political parties.
During this month, the United States celebrates the important contributions women have made to the United States, the world, and our communities. Most of us don’t think about women and girls’ work that make our lives richer and the many different challenges they face and have overcome to bring about change.
For decades, most grassroots female leaders, including Emma Goldman, Rosalyn Murray, Ida Tarbell, Louise Michel, and Alice Paul, did so without a political party to rally behind. Indeed, it was likely Michel who inspired feminist radicals in the 1890s. After years of labor activism, Michel began writing for socialist newspapers in 1892. Years later, many women continue to fight. Some often appear on various “Most Powerful Women in…” lists.
Did you know, on average, a woman spends over 100 hours per year helping care for others—children, husbands, family members, and friends. These caring duties are often unpaid and done out of love.
Remember to take the time to appreciate and celebrate women around you, including the achievements of women in all fields, and recognize the role they play in our communities.
I’ve been inspired and blessed to know and work with many brilliant women. During March, we celebrate women’s achievements and contributions and honor 25 women who have contributed so much to support other women. History books will be filled with their names and accomplishments.
Let’s read a few quotes from these women who are impacting the women and girls:
“Our vision is to build a better future for black girls and women. We want to do all we can to make sure they live in a world where socio-economic inequity does not exist. Our efforts contribute to the growth, wellbeing, development, and gender equity for the constituents we serve in communities across the country.” Virginia W. Harris
National President of NCBW
“Moving forward each day may mean that the step you take today maybe half of the steps that you took yesterday. Nevertheless, it is a step forward.”
Dr. Stephanie Atkinson-Alston
Entrepreneur & Business Coach
“Failure” is not the end of a journey. It is an opportunity to define the next iteration towards success.”
Author, Podcaster & Entrepreneur
“When you get to zero excuses, you’re at a magical place of being empty of excuses yet full of possibilities.”
Tracie L. James
Business Growth Strategist, Speaker & Author
“Everyone has a story to tell. Yours will either empower or devour you; choose to be empowered.”
Entrepreneur & Business Coach
“Kindness shouldn’t be diminished to random acts; just be kind.”
Charlotte E. Terrell
Transitional Life Coach
“The bigger the dream, the harder the GRIND, Push, Pray, and Continue to GRIND!”
Dr. Sharon H. Porter
President of SHP Enterprise, Inc.
“Things don’t have to be perfect. Learn as you go.”
Mary Hazward Fernandez
Business and Personal Development Strategist
“Don’t let your fear of failure cause you to miss out. Because the worst opportunity you’ll face in life is a missed on.”
CEO & Founder of Women’s Empowerment Business Strategist
“Don’t stack a Rolodex prioritized by access to power. Genuine relationships outlast any position. Invest in people, that’s how we build together.”
Advocacy and Policy Strategist