Every year, we dedicate the entire month of March to celebrating the contributions women make to our society. Surprisingly, Women’s History Month started out as a one-day celebration called International Woman’s Day held on February 28. Shortly after in 1980, a spread of celebrations across the country led President Jimmy Carter to declare March 8 as the official start of National Women’s History Week. Finally, in 1987, Congress declared the entire month of March Women’s History Month.
Women have faced countless Inequalities for many years from pay disparities, where statistics show women still make only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men, to domestic threats, as one in every three women will face gender violence in her lifetime. The fight to protect and support women continues throughout March by taking time to celebrate women and to reflect on our past and examine the path forward. The obstacles and accomplishments women have had for years are one of the reasons we dedicate a month to them.
In all fields of history, culture, and society from science to politics women have paved the way for innovation and change. Of the many women out there, many have stuck out as they persevered and did something no other would have done. One woman in particular with a very small gesture allowed us to pave a path of acceptance for a group of people who were once ostracized from our society and treated with unfairness, her name was Diana Frances Spencer also know as the infamous Princess Diana.
Princess Diana who was cherished by many across the world for being affectionate, compassionate, and most of all, humble. Her actions created change such as the time she shook hands with a man suffering from AIDS at the peak of homophobia and fear of this disease. This was one of the most important things a royal could have ever done and at the same time, she debunked the misconception that this disease could be transmitted by casual contact. She became a pioneer for AIDS awareness and solidified her image as a true leader and humanitarian. To this day she remains a role model to many and represents what we should be like to others, sympathetic.