Women’s History Month

Paige Dresow, Features Writer

Every year in March, people pay tribute to women who have made an impact on society. Women who have made such impacts with scientific advances include Dorothy Hodgkin, who made advances in the work of penicillin, and insulin, and vitamin B12. In 1964 she won the Nobel Prize. Jane Goodall made discoveries on primates behavior, and she is known for her preservation of wildlife, and education on wildlife. People also pay tribute to women who have made their societies better by making sacrifices, like Rosa Parks, who furthered the civil right movement, or Eleanor Roosevelt, an advocate for women’s suffrage. These few examples are just some of a long list of women who have made an impact on society today.

Women’s history month began in 1981 when Congress requested that the President to proclaim the week of March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week”. For the next five years, “Women’s History Week” was renewed and a week in March was always set up to be “Women’s History Week”. In 1987 the National Women’s History Project and congress designated March 1987 as Women’s History Month. Between 1988 and 1994, the month of March of each year would become Women’s history month.