Women's History Month Celebration

by : 

Angela Nambiar, Programming and Outreach
“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” 
Maya Angelou

Aerial view of a large diverse group of women walking in the street.

Every March, our country celebrates Women’s History Month in order to highlight the many historic and contemporary contributions of women to society. This commemoration has its roots back in the 1800s when female factory workers in New York City protested over working conditions, but it was only in 1987 when Congress established Women’s History Month.
 
In 1851, Sojourner Truth, former slave, delivered her famous speech "Ain't I a Woman" at a women's rights convention in Akron, Ohio, and ignited a flame that grew above the sky. She said: “I am as strong as any man that is now. As for intellect, all I can say is, if a woman have a pint, and a man a quart - why can't she have her little pint full?” Subsequently, a great unstoppable movement continued to grow and day by day gets stronger.
 
There are many mile stones that reveal this constant revolution. Here are just a few examples that demonstrate the positive impact of the female presence and voice that is found ubiquitously in society.
 
  • In 1920, after 72 years of struggle, women won the right to vote.
  • In 1942, women were fiercely defending their country in World War II.
  • In 1968, a first woman ran for President in the Democratic primaries. 
  • In the latter part of the 20th century, women were appointed to the Supreme Court.

As a result of all these efforts, we now see women in congress, in space, making their mark in the music industry, succeeding in sports, in politics, developing businesses, making the economy grow…Women were, are and will be everywhere!

Without a doubt, we remember Frida Kahlo’s inspiring words

 “Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?”

International Women’s Day, on March 8, is a day in which women around the world are recognized. On that day women receive roses, and in return they grow gardens. They receive kind words, and in return they offer words of wisdom and motivation. They receive love, and in return they feel compassion for the whole world.

To unite our voices in this celebration, the Anne Arundel County Public Library commemorates this month with a few programs that recognize the value of womanhood. Join us in celebrating!
 
Visit our Women's History Month events page to view a complete list of these programs.

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