Celebrating Women’s History Month

March 01, 2013

Today marks the beginning of 31 wonderful days celebrating women’s history.

Throughout Women’s History Month, we’ll be telling stories of past and current women doing big things. Here’s what we’re paying special attention to:

1. Women in Combat

The military just announced the end to the combat ban for women … in the same week we learned that not a single survivor who had come forward was interviewed during the recent sexual abuse investigation at Lackland Air Force base. There’s no better time to examine how the role of women in our military has changed — and what changes are still needed.

2. Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

The official theme of National Women’s History Month 2013 is Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. In keeping with this theme, we’ll tell the success stories of some of AAUW’s own women in STEM during our celebration’s second week.

3. Women on Screen and Behind the Scenes

After all the misogyny that permeated the 2013 Oscars, we wouldn’t be surprised if America needed a reminder that there are some awesome women in Hollywood. Check back for celebrations of Hollywood’s best, along with a few special reviews from AAUW’s team of amateur film critics.

4. Women and the Wage Gap

As March comes to a close, we’ll be gearing up for Equal Pay Day on April 9. It’s sad that we’ve marked this day — the symbolic date when women’s earnings “catch up” to men’s earnings from the previous year — for so long, with so little change. But that simply means 2013 should be the year for fair pay. This historical moment will only happen if women — and men — all across the country work together.

What moments in women’s history are on your mind? And what big changes would you like to see in the near future? Tell us in the comments.

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