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Why isn’t women's history month every month?

Posted by Nishikwa Mellerson on April 10, 2015 at 9:27 AM

If you haven’t gotten the idea yet, women are complete and utterly the most bad ass human beings on this earth (not up for debate). Yet even with this POPULAR notion, the only holiday women get is Women’s History Month; mother's day too if you’re a mother. 

My question is, why must we be told when to celebrate and who in the world said women were only worth a month of celebrating? *cough-cough..probably men* If I made a list of all the wonderful contributions women have made to society- we’d be here all year.

 I’m sure there is much debate on why women should even be celebrated in the first place, we can’t be that oppressed, can we? I say the proof is in the pudding. Think about the reason other months like Black History Month were created; to shine a light on underrepresented races and cultures. If these cultures were not looked down upon in the first place, would these history months be existent or needed? Why isn't there a need for Men’s History Month?

I ask this question because Women’s History Month was created to a shine a light on women who have had a strong influence on history. I truly enjoyed seeing so many inspirational women highlighted last month, but why can’t that conversation continue in April, June, and throughout the year? Only designating one month for women sends a negative message to young children; it subliminally says that women are only special during one time of the year and not everyday.

School lessons should be built around incorporating both men AND women contributors. Without conversations like these, boys are taught early that sexism is naturally occurring. They have no way of knowing women are adequate because they’ve never been taught that women are. In order to change the way society views women, we must first change the way women are celebrated.

I vow to start this change! No longer will March just be for Women's History Month. EVERY month will be Women’s History Month because we are bad ass and deserve it!

“The fastest way to change society is to mobilize the women of the world”- Charles Malik

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