International Women’s day was March 8th. This day celebrates women and their accomplishments. It’s also a day of awareness for social justice issues regarding women.
This years International Women’s day theme was “pledge for parity.” Parity- equality, as in amount, status, or character. In other words this years theme is “pledge for equality.” March is also women’s history month. So what better way to celebration than to start by taking a look at women who fought for equality in history:
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
(November 12, 1815 – October 26, 1902)
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a social activist, suffragist, and abolitionist.
- Most famous for drawing up the famous Declaration of Sentiments and for putting together the first women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls, New York in 1848.
- She was one of the main pioneers for promoting women’s rights in America.
Susan B. Anthony
February 20, 1820 – March 13, 1906
- Susan B. Anthony was an advocate for the temperance movement, women’s rights, and the abolition of slavery. She became close friends with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who helped her in much of her early work in advocating for women’s rights.
- She helped to start the American Equal Rights Association which campaigned for equal rights for women and African Americans.
- She helped found the National American Women Suffrage Association and the International Council of women.
- She was a big player in putting forth the Amendment that allowed women the right to vote to Congress. In fact, the Amendment became known as the Anthony Amendment.
January 11, 1885 – July 9, 1977
- Alice Paul was a women’s rights activist, suffragist, and feminist.
- In 1913 she put together the Women’s Suffrage Procession, held in Washington D.C. This was a sort of parade made up of suffragist from allover the nation.
- Alice Paul also organized the Silent Sentinels which was a campaign for women’s right to vote. The biggest part of this was women silently picketed outside the White house while holding banners that demanded the Women’s right to vote. These two events proved to have a positive push for the passing of the 19th Amendment.
- Even after women won the right to vote in 1920, Alice Paul continued to further fight for women’s rights and drafted the Equal rights Amendment. She became the leader of the National Women’s party which fought for this amendment.
- She was the main campaigner for the 19th Amendment during her time, which gave women the right to vote.
February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005
- Rosa Parks was an African American Civil Rights activist
- Congress called her “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement”
- She is most famous for peacefully protesting segregation by refusing to give up her seat in the colored section of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, because the ‘white’s only’ section was full. She was arrested and her actions spurred a city wide boycott, which eventually lead to Montgomery city ending the segregation law that required segregation on public busses. Her actions became a symbol for ending public segregation laws across the nation.
Now that we have gone through the history part, whats next? Here are some good things you could do in your free time to celebrate women’s History month and International women’s day:
Watch “Ironed Jawed Angels”
This movie is about the fight for the passing of the 19th Amendment and the brave women who risked everything to ensure that women in the U.S. have the right to vote. This is a great movie, and I highly recommended it. This is by no means a documentary, but it is based on a true story. The main character of the Movie is Alice Paul. Whats even better is that it’s FREE to watch on youtube! Bellow I attached the link to the movie:
Watch “Half the Sky”
This movie is a documentary, but a really good one. The movie looks at girls throughout the world and the injustices they face. I must warn you there is some pretty hard stuff, but it’s important to realize the many in justices women throughout the world face today. Below is the link to the website where you can find how to watch the movie. There is also a book, if you would prefer that.
Written by Madalyn Hardig