Did you know that March is Women’s History Month? The month has been set aside to recognize the contributions of women in American history. Since 1995, each president has issued an annual proclamation designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month”. According to the National Women’s History Museum (2021), it first started out as National Women’s History Week and presidents continued to proclaim it as that until 1987 when Congress passed Public Law 100-9, designating March as “Women’s History Month”. This month gives us an opportunity to reflect on the time, physical labor, and emotional labor that women have historically contributed to help people of all genders advance.
While writing this blog, I started to think about the women in my life who have shaped me into the woman that I am today. Sometimes it is hard to think of myself as powerful or inspiring but, I believe every woman is in their own way and I should start to believe that too. I have overcome many obstacles in my life and am still facing some today. I was raised by a single mother who worked two jobs all while battling a physical disability. To me, my mother made history alone. She stopped at nothing to provide for me while dealing with her own struggles. She - taught me so many things but one thing I will always be grateful for her teaching me to be kind. She has always had a passion for helping others and I think that is where my passion of helping others comes from as well. In today’s world, I believe kindness can go a long way and it is rare to find these days. This is a lesson I will always remember and thank my mother everyday for shaping me into who I am today.
Finally I want to remind any girl or woman who is reading this that you can do it. Set goals for yourself, hold yourself accountable for those goals and anything is possible. Do not let other people tell you what you can and can’t achieve. Especially that tiny voice inside your own head…yes, you know what I’m talking about. Sometimes we can be our biggest critic which can prevent us from doing certain things like reaching our goals. - It may be hard to envision a better future when you have lots of hard work in front of you. Just remember that you have the power to make your dreams come true and you are the only person who can reach your goals. Believe in yourself and the opportunities will be endless!
National Women’s History Museum. (2021). “Women's History Month”. Retrieved from https://www.womenshistory.org/womens-history/womens-history-month