March is Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made throughout American history in various fields. This annual tradition grew from a weeklong celebration of women’s achievements by the local school district in Sonoma, California, in 1978. A few years passed, and the idea grew popular nationwide, with President Carter issuing the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week in 1980. In 1981, Congress passed a resolution establishing a national celebration for a week in March each year. The National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the event to the entire month of March in 1987, and every year has followed.
The National Women’s History Alliance designates an annual theme for Women’s History Month. For 2023, the theme is “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.” This theme recognizes “women, past and present, who have been active in all forms of media and storytelling including print, radio, TV, stage, screen, blogs, podcasts, news, and social media. This timely theme honors women in every community who have devoted their lives and talents to producing art and news, pursuing truth, and reflecting society decade after decade.”
How to Celebrate Women’s History Month
- Explore the history of women’s rights; if you don’t know much and want to learn more, the History Channel has compiled a complete timeline of milestones in women’s history.
- Post on social media to spread awareness of Women’s History Month: an easy way to celebrate is to share articles, infographics, inspiring quotes, videos, and other women-centric content on your social media.
- Participate in political advocacy: even though women’s rights have come a long way, there’s still plenty of work to do to level the playing field and make sure women and girls have the opportunity to succeed. Pick a topic that matters to you and write or call your representatives to voice your concerns.
- Donate or volunteer at a women’s nonprofit: many wonderful nonprofit organizations, big and small, are working to empower women and move the needle on gender equality. And all of them could use every little bit of help.
- Support women-owned businesses: women still represent a minority of business owners. Show your support to other female leaders, entrepreneurs, service providers, and more!
Addison Woman-Owned Businesses
There are many women-owned businesses right here in Addison. These include:
- Samatone Yoga, a relaxed and comfortable yoga studio owned by Rhonda Brown
- Beachside Community Acupuncture, an affordable acupuncture clinic owned by Kathleen (Ellerie) Ketola, L.Ac., AP, Dipl.O.M
- Glow by Claudia Salon, a hair, skin, and nail salon owned by Claudia Rotariu
- Vision Veritas, a family-run optometry practice owned by sisters Anita Carleo, OD, and Olivia Carleo, OD
- And many more!