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2012 National Women's History Month

Saturday, March 3, 2012

2012 National Women’s History Month Theme: Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment

March is National Women's History Month and it's fitting the theme this year is Women's Education and Women's Empowerment. Two great events take place during National Women's History Month that correlates with the theme this year: International Women's Day on March 8th and Rock the Red Pump National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10th. Both events support women's education and empowerment.

I'm two days behind on kicking off the blogging activities so today I am honoring three women for history that changed the world. Throughout the month I will celebrate women, bring awareness and try to make a difference in the lives of women.

Happy International Women's History Month!

19th Century Elizabeth Cady Stanton
In the years following the Civil War, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were among those who were determined to focus on female suffrage when only voting rights of freed males were addressed in Reconstruction. They founded the National Woman Suffrage Association and Stanton served as president.

When the NWSA and the rival American Woman Suffrage Association finally merged in 1890, Elizabeth Cady Stanton served as the president of the resulting National American Woman Suffrage Association.

While Elizabeth Cady Stanton is best known for her long contribution to the woman suffrage struggle, she was also active and effective in winning property rights for married women, equal guardianship of children, and liberalized divorce laws. These reforms made it possible for women to leave marriages that were abusive of the wife, the children, and the economic health of the family.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton died in New York on October 26, 1902, with nearly 20 years to go before the United States granted women the right to vote.

20th Century Jeannette Rankin

Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress, serving two separate terms. She injected the first woman's voice into national political debates. A committed pacifist, Rankin was the only member of Congress to oppose entry of the United States into both World Wars. Rankin, a lifelong Montana resident, was active in the woman suffrage movement in the West, and campaigned for election to Congress after her state gave women the right to vote. In Congress she sponsored legislation to provide federal voting rights and health services to women. Her anti-war vote in 1917 cost her her office, and she devoted much of the remainder of her life to pacifist causes. She held leadership roles in the Women's Inter-national League for Peace and Freedom and other groups. In 1940 she ran again for Congress on an isolationist platform and in 1941 was the sole Member to oppose the declaration of war on Japan. She later traveled extensively, studying with Ghandi, among others. She was, at age 86, a proud marcher in the Jeannette Rankin Brigade in the March on Washington to oppose the Vietnam War.

My 21st Century Woman is you! We all are 21st Century Women. We are part of Women's History Month. We can change the way women are still treated in today's culture and society. It's our duty to speak up and speak out.

To learn more about NWHM click on the links below:
Read, Write, Think
The My Hero Project
Women Who Changed History
Women's History Month


  1. Kelly Hashway said...:

    Great info! Happy Women's History Month!

  1. Thanks for the great autobiographies featuring women who have made a difference!

  1. Kittie Howard said...:

    Loved this post. Wish Rush Limbaugh could read it!

  1. Terrific info! I'm quite familiar with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan Anthony... more so then Jeannette Rankin.

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