March is Women’s History Month.
This March join Someplace Safe in observing Women’s History Month recognizing the vast contributions women have made not only to our organization, but to our country, history, and society.
In 1980 President Jimmy Carter declared March as Women’s History Month. At that time, what started out as just a week-long celebration, evolved into an entire month dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of women. Not only has March become a time to reflect on those who not only fought for the rights of women, but also for those who paved new roads for future women to walk on.
Notable women like Amelia Earhart, who showed girls all over the world they could fly; Ann Frank, who has shared her testimony of strength and survival for generations after her death; and Rosa Parks, who was named by the United States Congress as “The First Lady of Civil Rights.”; as well as millions of women whose names didn’t make the history book, have fought battles, both publicly and silently, for the betterment of women.
Even with advances, the issue of gender inequality still remains today. Gender inequality refers to the unequal treatment or perceptions of individuals based on their gender. It arises from differences in socially constructed gender roles. Gender inequality is not a new concept. Consider the following:
- In the United States and around the world, women continue to be underrepresented in high-level, highly paid positions and overrepresented in low-paying jobs.
- Women of color and transgender individuals experience particularly high levels of poverty, unemployment, and other economic hardships.
- Gender discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace contribute significantly to these persistent economic divides.
Sometimes, gender inequality can lead to unhealthy and imbalanced, relationships at home, in the workplace, and in many other areas in life. It is also known that violence against women is many times rooted in the unequal power relationships between men and women in society.
What can be done?
It is important that each of us works together to create a community that is safer for women. Consider the following:
- Treat everyone with respect, regardless of their sex.
- Refrain from partaking in sexist jokes, or conversation that uses gender stereotypes as a source of mockery/comedy.
- Model positive behavior to your family and friends.
- Communicate with colleagues in a manner which considers views and opinions that may be different from your own.
- Educate staff and employees about inequality in the workplace and strive for policies and procedures which promote fairness and equality.
Each and every person deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, not just in March, but throughout the year. As our local communities work to improve the lives of women, Someplace Safe is helping our communities achieve safety through education, awareness and critical services. Learn more at: https://www.someplacesafe.info/helping-someone/.
Honor a Special Woman in Your Life.
If you would like to honor a woman who made an impact on your life this March, consider making a tribute gift to Someplace Safe. We’ll send your honoree a personalized card letting them know of your thoughtful contribution. You may make your gift online at: https://www.someplacesafe.info/donate.html. Make sure to select “make your gift a tribute” during your transaction.
For more information on Women’s History Month, please visit: https://womenshistorymonth.gov/ or https://womenshistory.si.edu/about.
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