Whether there are piles of snow still scattered on the ground or you’re soaking up the sun on the beach, Spring is right around the corner. Along with (hopefully) warmer weather, March is also National Women’s History Month.
Women’s History Month is a month-long celebration of women’s contributions to society and history that is observed during the month of March in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In 1987, the National Women’s History Project asked Congress to establish March as Women’s History Month. On March 12, 1987, the celebration became official when legislation was passed to designate March as Woman’s History Month in the United States.
March was chosen as the month to celebrate women’s history because the first observances of Women’s History Week revolved around International Women’s Day, which is March 8th. International Women’s Day, which honors women’s achievements worldwide, was first celebrated on March 8, 1911. The United Nations has sponsored International Women’s Day observances since 1975. The 2019 Women’s History Month theme is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence.” The theme honors "women who have led efforts to end war, violence, and injustice and pioneered the use of nonviolence to change society." Along with this year’s theme is the slogan “Balance for Better” (#BalanceforBetter).
Women’s History Month is a time to reflect on the accomplishments and advancements made by and for women. This is a time for recognizing the achievements of women in all facets of life—science, community, government, literature, art, sports, medicine, and of course, business—has a huge impact on the development of self-respect and new opportunities for girls and young women across the United States and around the globe. History helps us learn who we are, but when we don’t know our own history, our power and dreams are diminished.
Women's history isn't meant to rewrite history; it’s meant to promote scholarship and expand our knowledge of American history by including all visionaries and changemakers, including women. Women have been and still are necessary to American society and the advancements made in this country. Recognizing women’s accomplishments is necessary to understanding and appreciating American society and history.
Here are some ways in which we can empower fellow women in our businesses, professions, and passions. The key to empowering fellow women is to:
1. Take Collective Action and shared ownership to drive gender parity.
2. Motivate and support other women in their passions, businesses, and professions.
3. Collaborate with your community to empower women in their endeavors.
The LI Center for Business and Professional Women is dedicated to advancing women’s equal participation, leadership and employment in business, industry and the professions through networking opportunities, member education, community involvement, and personal and professional development. We promote women and celebrate in business. It’s our goal to ensure our members are willing to make a positive impact on our local community. Our mission is to encourage professional development by promoting leadership, foster relationships, and inspire young women to reach their full potential.
At Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women, we consciously built supportive professional networks by and for women in business. We strive to create and maintain a loving community for business and professional women in Long Island and surrounding areas. As an organization, we aim to celebrate businesses owned and managed by women by hosting community events, offer volunteer opportunities, networking events, mentorship programs, and more. You can find out more about our mission by visiting our website at https://www.licenter.org/.