2015-03-04 / Editorials

Salute To Women’s History

According to one source, Women’s History Month came about in the 1980s, when it was brought to people’s attention that less than five percent of the content in our history books was devoted to women. This was not because women were not doing anything important, but because their work was being overlooked, or even unfairly attributed to men. Women have also made great achievements in science, literature, art, education, human rights, athletics, medicine, commerce, social welfare, exploration – all the fields that have advanced human society through the millennia of recorded history.

We need Women’s History Month to highlight the achievements of women, in all fields of endeavor.

We have the National Women’s History Museum, founded in 1996 by Karen Staser and being championed in a bipartisan effort by Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Marsha Blackburn, and Senators Susan Collins and Barbara Mikulski, with a mission to place the privately funded museum in the nation’s capital, as a way to impress upon society the important contributions of women throughout history, as role models to encourage young women by showing them the great things that they, too, can do.

All the individual achievements listed above, notwithstanding women have the greater responsibility, with few exceptions, of nurturing every generation in human history, is not a life’s work to be discounted, ask anyone who has ever been a mother.

We salute all women during Women’s History Month.

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