“Woman’s Rights Are Human Rights”

It’s Women’s History Month, the month to celebrate women and their accomplishments and contributions. According to the link below from the U.S. Census webpage, this celebration began all the way back in 1857. For that article, click on the link that follows. It will provide some interesting statistics for those who enjoy data.

Women’s History Month, U.S. Census

“As we celebrate Women’s History Month 2022, we reflect upon advances women have made over the last decade. Women have increased their earnings, education and fields of occupation, and continue to have longer average life spans than men.”

United States census bureau

Many of us can recall January 21, 2017. Women around the world, including over 600 cities in the United States came together for the first Women’s March. Sources estimate that over 500 million people participated worldwide. The biggest group gathered in Washington, D.C. The organizers wanted to communicate “that women’s rights are human rights.”

I rose early and went to a pre-march rally in Pasadena on that day. It was important to me to check it out and support the positive and aspiring aspects I recognized in this historic moment. It was inspiring to be there. Of course, it was not without controversy. I did not continue on to downtown Los Angeles for the official march.

The photograph below is by Leah L. Jones and was a Human Rights Campaign poster from the march in Washington, D.C. It is part of my 2022 calendar from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

“Marchers at the Women’s March 2017”

As we learn the stories of those around us, we grow in appreciation of our gifting, resilience, intelligence, and love we women can share with our world. I’m happy when women are empowered to become all their creator designed them to be. Let’s celebrate! There is more work to do, but I am grateful for progress.

Celebrate the women in your life well, my friends!

Remembering Mary Church Terrell

Civil rights. Equal rights. Working hard for others earned Mary Church Terrell a place in our history. I enjoyed reading about her. She would have been interesting to talk to, to hear her story, and to thank her for her life and work, especially in helping me to be able to cast my vote.

Mary was born in September of 1863. Mary’s parents were former slaves living in Tennesee at the time of her birth. If you’d like to know more, check out this link: Mary Church Terrell | National Women’s History Museum

Here are some highlights of Mary’s life:

  • Famous for these words “Lifting as we climb.”
  • The National Association of Colored Women (NACW) adopted that phrase as their motto.
  • At age 33, she helped found the NACW and served as president from 1896 to 1901.
  • Graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio.
  • Mom owned a hair salon. Her father was a businessman.
  • Activist for women’s suffrage and civil rights.
  • In 1909, she was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Video: She Was a Civil Rights Activist and Co-Founder of the NAACP

This page is from the February 2022 page in my calendar from the Smithsonian
National Museum of African American History and Culture.

I am pleased to honor her life and contributions.

Keep learning, my friends.