By Lynnie Stein / March 9, 2021

Women’s Month

Our Divine feminine energies are all about creation.

We are starting to see a rise of female empowerment, leaders, influencers and entrepreneurs.

And today while it’s international women’s day ( March 8) is the perfect day to celebrate such energies.

A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change.
So let’s all choose to challenge.

How will you help forge a gender equal world?
Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.

IWD #ChooseToChallenge #2021

I love you, Lynnie xo

In 2020, women lost a champion: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In her time as an attorney, she argued cases that continue to protect women from discrimination today. She also helped in the fight for equal pay and voted in favor of marriage equality. She was also famous for her fiery spirit. In a 2015 interview with PBS, she said, “When I’m sometimes asked ‘When will there be enough (women on the Supreme Court)?’ and my answer is: ‘When there are nine.’ People are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that.”
The first Women’s History Day was held in 1909.
Feb. 28, 1909 marked the first Woman’s History Day in New York City. It commemorated the one-year anniversary of the garment workers’ strikes when 15,000 women marched through lower Manhattan. From 1909 to 1910, immigrant women who worked in garment factories held a strike to protest their working conditions. Most of them were teen girls who worked 12-hour days. In one factory, Triangle Shirtwaist Company, employees were paid only $15 a week. History.com describes it as a “true sweatshop.” Young women worked in tight conditions at sewing machines, and the factories owners didn’t keep the factory up to safety standards. In 1911, the factory burned and 145 workers were killed. It pushed lawmakers to finally pass legislation meant to protect factory workers.

Women’s History Month isn’t perfect. Professor Kimberly A. Hamlin argued in a Washington Post op-ed that when men make history, it’s just called “history.” But when women make history, it’s “women’s history.” It’s a fair point to keep in mind, now and especially as the country moves forward to a more equitable tomorrow.

The day became Women’s History Week in 1978.
An education task force in Sonoma County, California, kicked off Women’s History Week on March 8, International Women’s Day in 1978, according to the National Women’s History Alliance. They wanted to draw attention to the fact that women’s history wasn’t really included in K-12 school curriculums at the time
In 1987, it became Women’s History Month.
Women’s organizations, including the National Women’s History Alliance, campaigned yearly to recognize Women’s History Week. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter declared the week of March 8 Women’s History Week across the country. By 1986, 14 states had declared the entire month of March Women’s History Month, according to the Alliance. The following year, in March of 1987, activists were successful: They lobbied Congress to declare March Women’s History Month.
Since 1995, every president has issued a proclamation declaring March Women’s History Month, usually with a statement about its importance.
Every Women’s History Month has a theme.
The 2020 theme was “Valiant Women of the Vote,” according to the National Women’s History Alliance. “In recognition of the centennial of the 19th Amendment, we will honor women from the original suffrage movement as well as 20th and 21st century women who have continued the struggle (fighting against poll taxes, literacy tests, voter roll purges, and other more contemporary forms of voter suppression) to ensure voting rights for all,” the Alliance wrote in a statement. The Women’s History Alliance is extending the 2020 theme since “most 2020 women’s suffrage centennial celebrations were curtailed.” The 2021 theme is “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced.” They will focus on women’s political involvement and leadership.
Aretha Franklin was the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Known as the “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. She’s known for her rendition of Otis Redding’s “RESPECT,” and songs of her own like “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” She was also involved in civil rights activism.

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