During the month of March, across the nation, people celebrate women of history. It became a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed the Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Abou five years later, after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress declared March “National Women’s History Month”. Throughout American history, many women have made their mark on the country and the world in music, politics, and much more.
Since almost the beginning of recorded history, women have been involved in music. Whether is composing music or performed it, women around the world have been actively involved in music, but female singers began stepping into the spotlight in the 1920s with the “Empress of the Blues”–Bessie Smith. She was discovered by Columbia Records in 1923, released her first single soon after, and quickly became the most popular blues singer in the 20s and 30s. Over the next few decades, many show stopping female artists emerged and, even if you don’t know their names, you would know their songs. Beginning in 1969, with Diana Ross and The Supremes–both pop/soul artists–and songs including “Someday We’ll Be Together” and “Ain’t No Mountain High”. In years to come, other female artists–Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston, Cher– transformed all genres of music with their styles, sounds, and singing abilities.
Along with women advancements in the arts, women rights were established in the 1960s with women like Rosa Parks leading the way. Many people believed, however, that women’s rights should have been proposed earlier. “Women have more than proved that they were equal to men,” states Jessica Plenz. “While the men were at war (in any war) it was the wives, daughters, and sisters who were taking care of the homes, businesses, ranches, etc.” With the establishment of women’s rights, women became more independent than ever before in history. They began stepping into jobs men believed they only had the power and will to do. “Young women [need] to realize their worth/potential, but to not diminish anyone else’s,” Plenz states. Women like Sarah Palin were some of the first to take jobs like politicians than were previously held and dominated by men.
National Women’s History Month doesn’t only honor the women of the past, but also the women who are making history today, For example [women who are changing the world today]. Not even 75 years ago, men believed women were just destined to live a home and raise the children but let’s be real, girls run this world.