Women’s History Month

I forgot that March is Women’s History Month, so it was not posted on my March 1st entry. Apologies! I do remember that March 8th is International Women’s Day. Since I love poetry by women, I will honor this month with poetry by my classmate Mary Lou Meyers and another Douglass graduate (not my year), Barbara Crooker. Both their poetry will be featured. A third book of poems by a tai chi friend is also in my hands, but not sure I have permission to publish any poems yet, so waiting on that.

Finally, I will post an article that first appeared in Reminisce Magazine about a friend’s mom who was an artist and illustrator in the 1940s and 1950s, which I believe is a rare occurrence. I do not remember anyone in my high school or college classes who were actually choosing art as a way to earn money. Her fashions from the 1950s will delight those of you who are older and maybe fascinate younger women who may not remember newspapers featuring women’s fashions as illustrations.

In the meantime, here is a website address and an excerpt from the site, with an illustration of Rosie the Riveter from WWII advertisements of women in factories: https://nationalwomenshistoryalliance.org/womens-history-month/womens-history-month-history/

Why March is National Women’s History Month

As recently as the 1970s, women’s history was virtually an unknown topic in the K-12 curriculum or in general public consciousness. To address this situation, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women initiated a “Women’s History Week” celebration for 1978.

The week March 8th, International Women’s Day, was chosen as the focal point of the observance. The local Women’s History Week activities met with enthusiastic response, and dozens of schools planned special programs for Women’s History Week. Over one-hundred community women participated by doing special presentations in classrooms throughout the country and an annual “Real Woman” Essay Contest drew hundreds of entries. The finale for the week was a celebratory parade and program held in the center of downtown Santa Rosa, California……

P.S. I think purple is the color for Women’s International Day, so I plan to wear purple on March 8th.

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