Celebrating Women’s History Month

Recognizing contributions and progress

Women’s History Month, observed annually during March in many countries, serves as a tribute to the remarkable achievements and contributions of women throughout history as well as in contemporary society. Originating from different historical events and initiatives, this month-long celebration underscores the importance of acknowledging and honoring the diverse roles women play in shaping the world. 

For most countries, Women’s History Month occurs in March, aligning with International Women’s Day on March 8. In Canada, Women’s History Month occurs in October, aligning with the commemoration of Persons Day on October 18. This occasion commemorates the decision in the Edwards v. Canada court case, affirming women’s eligibility for political positions as well as recognizing their significant societal contributions. 

The roots of Women’s History Month can be traced back to the first International Women’s Day in 1911. However, it wasn’t until 1980 that former U.S. president Jimmy Carter made the week of March 8 National Women’s History Week in the United States, emphasizing the often-overlooked contributions of women. Over time, this celebration expanded into a month-long observance, designating March as Women’s History Month annually. Schools, communities, and organizations across the country embrace the initiative, organizing various events and educational programs to highlight women’s roles in history and society. 

The significance of Women’s History Month extends beyond recognition, it serves as a reminder for progress and inspiration. Initiatives such as comprehensive federal reports and community-driven projects underline the importance of addressing gender oppression and the importance of promoting women’s empowerment. 

In a message to students, faculty, and staff, the interim President of Mt. A, Robert A. Mackinnon emphasizes the global significance of the day as a celebration of women’s achievements. Under the theme of “Inspire Inclusion,” this year’s celebration focuses on fostering a more gender-inclusive space where every individual feels a sense of belonging and empowerment. Reflecting on Mt. A’s  history, MacKinnon highlights the role of women like Grace Annie Lockhart, the first woman to receive a bachelor’s degree in the British Commonwealth, whose legacy continues to inspire. In honor of Ms. Lockhart, Mt. A proudly announces the new scholarships in her name to support deserving students in the upcoming year. The university community is encouraged to join in commemorating the resilience, leadership, and dedication of women, both locally and globally.

Looking ahead, the commitment to preserving and promoting women’s history remains. Through ongoing initiatives and collective efforts, we can ensure that the contributions of women, past, and present, are not only recognized but also celebrated.

Women’s History Month stands as a reminder of the remarkable contributions of women throughout history and in society. From its small beginnings to its current global recognition, this month-long celebration shows the progress made towards equality and the work that remains. Let us carry forward the spirit of empowerment, continue to honor the legacy of Grace Annie Lockhart, and work towards a future where each individual’s achievements are celebrated, recognized, and valued.

Ranz Bontogon – Argosy Photographer


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