March is Women’s History Month and have we come a long way. It is wild to think about the fact my great great grandmother was not allowed to vote until she was in her 30s. Today women have made such a difference since the ratification of the 19th amendment. Amazing women such as Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to run for president. Amelia Earhart, the first woman aviator. Georgia O’Keeffe paved the way for female artists in America. Margret Sanger helped make reproductive health more accessible, and many other notable women made the future generation of women’s dreams tangible.
Here are three ways to celebrate women every day:
TEACH TEACH TEACH! Teach the young ladies in your life about women who had the odds against them, and persevered. Some strong women to learn about that are not talked about enough:
Shirley Chisholm- First black female politician.
Maya Angelou- Poet and Civil Rights activist.
Sojourner Truth- American abolitionist and activist for black women’s rights.
Mary Anning- Victorian Paleontologist.
Ada Lovelace- World’s first computer programmer.
Give to a philanthropy that is specific to helping women:
One that I have supported and would recommend is Carry the Future. They work with refugee camps to help support residents by bringing dignity and normalcy through quality of life initiatives such as women-friendly spaces, early childhood learning centers, community gardens, and more.
Another organization that TJC specifically supports is Thriving Families. Thriving Families offers programs that support women, children, and their families during pregnancy and just after a baby is born – a critical period of development for children’s futures.
Another way to support women is to go to locally owned shops and restaurants owned and run by women. Some notable places: