March is Women’s History Month, so I’ll be sharing a few thoughts on women who changed the world, and otherwise impacted my life. The truth is, influential women are everywhere, from family members and friends, who provide support and encouragement, to business leaders who inspire us from afar.
Let me backtrack a little to the origins of this important celebration. According to a Time magazine article, the first Women’s Day was organized by the Socialist Party and observed on February 28, 1909. Then, in 1978, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women in California started Women’s History Week. Back then, some of the rights women have today were unthinkable. For instance, until the Pregnancy Discrimination Act in 1978, women could be fired from their jobs for being pregnant. Isn’t it ridiculous that that was just 40 years ago? Two years later, President Jimmy Carter signed papers to make the week of March 8th official. Growing national and international support for the movement led to Women’s History Month in 1987.
As we celebrate women’s achievements, I’m reflecting on the top 3 women who have impacted my life positively. There are so many, it’s hard to choose just three. That’s why I plan to do it every year at this time. Here goes my first to 3:
Alicia Florrick – Yes, I know the lead character from the CBS courtroom drama, “The Good Wife,” is fictional. In fact, I only just finished watching the first two seasons. Yet, her character has been an inspiration to me. I find her to be capable and businesslike, as well as understanding and compassionate, growing in confidence with every episode. Thanks to the producers for creating what The Guardian described as “the perfect embodiment of a glorious show that is feminist to its bones.”
#MeToo – Alyssa Milano helped #MeToo go viral across social media last October, to help women (and men) reveal their experiences with sexual harassment and assault. But the movement began 10 years earlier by activist Tarana Burke. Back then, ‘me too’ was a way to empower women through empathy, especially the young and vulnerable, who were sexual assault survivors.
My mother – I saved the best for last for several reasons. For starters, my mother has been the most influential woman in my life. While she has never been a businesswoman and never realized her dreams, she was the one who influenced me from a tender age to pursue my goals and to reach higher in whatever I was doing; even though, for a long time, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life.
Women’s History Month is not observed in my country of origin (they only celebrate Women’s Day), but I chose to celebrate it for several reasons. For one, most of my readers do, whether it’s in March (U.S.A. and Australia) or in October (Canada). Regardless of the month, women are killin’ it in every area of life and that deserves celebration.
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