March is full of changes. It’s when spring awakens, Daylight Savings Time ensues, and last, but certainly not least, it’s the official month for National Women's History.
Years ago, in 1987, the US Congress designated March as National Women's History Month. This month creates a special opportunity in our schools, workplaces, and communities to recognize and celebrate the often-overlooked achievements of American women.
This March, you can celebrate National Women’s History Month by attending events, panels, and discussions for women by women, or by donating to a National charity that focuses on various causes and issues that benefit women and girls.
LI Center Women’s History Month Event
This month at Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women, we are hosting a Networking Event & Panel Discussion Celebrating Women’s History Month. Our outstanding trio of speakers at this panel discussion include: Lina Gottesman, Founder of Altus Metal, Marble & Wood; Laurie Cantileno, Executive of Cisco Systems; and Renee Flagler, Executive Director of Girls Inc. of Long Island. This event will offer women the opportunity to network with other professional women as well as discuss multiple facets of women and youth empowerment.
National Charities for Women and Girls
Here’s a brief list of some incredible National charities that support women’s education, health, rights, and social services:
Young Women's Leadership Network helps low-income minority youth break the cycle of poverty through education. Their two critical programs provide college readiness and access to at-risk students from the 6th - 12th grades: CollegeBound Initiative, a school-based college guidance program for coed and single-sex public schools, and The Young Women's Leadership Schools, a high-performing network of all-girls public schools. Their first school, which made history and headlines, is the highly renowned and successful Young Women's Leadership School of East Harlem in New York City.
The Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR), a national non-profit organization based in Washington DC, is widely recognized as the thought leader in research on sex differences and is dedicated to improving women's health through advocacy, education, and research.
Founded in 1990 by a group of physicians, medical researchers and health advocates, SWHR aims to bring attention to the myriad of diseases and conditions that affect women uniquely. Due to SWHR's efforts, women are now routinely included in most major medical research studies and scientists are beginning to consider biological sex as a variable in their research.
The National Women's Health Network (NWHN) was founded in 1975 to give women a greater voice within the healthcare system. NWHN is a membership-based organization supported by 8,000 individuals and organizations nationwide. The National Women's Health Network improves the health of all women by developing and promoting a critical analysis of health issues in order to affect policy and support consumer decision-making. The Network aspires to a health care system that is guided by social justice and reflects the needs of diverse women.
The National Partnership for Women & Families is dedicated to promoting public policies and business practices that expand opportunities for women and improve the well-being of our nation's families. Through education, outreach, and legislative action, the National Partnership is an effective advocate for millions of women and families.
Now that you have this information, let’s get to work! This National Women’s History Month, you can celebrate the lives and efforts of American women and girls by encouraging and supporting them with your voice, actions, assistance, and compassion.