Women’s history month has celebrated women’s contributions to culture and society every March in since 1987. In the 80s, a consortium of women’s groups and historians led by the National Women’s History Project, lobbied for national recognition. President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th as National Women’s History Week. Then in March 1987, Congress passed Public Law 100-9, designation March as “Women’s History Month”. Whether accomplishments or failures women deserve to be studied, appreciated, critiqued, and actively engaged in every aspect of life’s issues. As we approach the close of women’s history month, we’d like to keep alive and going, the ways we can continue to assist women on a continuum to reaching success equality.
Ways to honor women’s accomplishment have included:
Reading books about women’s rights
Watching documentaries honoring history of women’s contributions
Adding new podcasts to your listening
Watching TED talks by women leaders
Learn about the history of women’s health
Earn some Women’s History stories
Posting inspirational stories of female entrepreneurs, inventors, scientists, and leaders
Amplify the voices of female thought leaders in your industry and women-run businesses
Skilled Trades are on the rise for being promoted for women. In the local Philadelphia market, council member Katherine Gilmore Richardson says she hopes women will be inspired to join the trades after exemplifying two women who were initially timid in joining a typically all male work force, but are grateful that they did as having experienced success and happiness by “sticking it out” and now able to care for their families independently making higher salaries. There are a vast number of opportunities today to actively engage women in the workplace such as skilled trades that historically only focused on men at an early age furthering their career path as well as salaries. Trades had been viewed culturally as “unfeminine” and hadn’t been encouraged to learn a trade at school. As much as 60% of positions go unfilled and with proper training women working in skilled trade enjoy high pay rates. (Jeff Gillis, Co-founder, CEO of TheinterviewGuys.com)
Partnering with women’s groups, community colleges and unions have become an increasingly great way to recruit women. Organizing women-led events provides a tool to help attract women to the trade industry.
The philosophy of continual efforts to provide equality among all and across all ethnicities, gender, or race is what we embrace as our mission and is an ever-growing attitude that we see continuing well into the future.