According to experts (me), we should celebrate women 365 days a year. But March is reserved especially for us and the history we've lived, so honoring women with these powerful quotes for Women's History Month isn't a bad idea, either. Share them with your friends! Share them with your loved ones! Share them with Facebook! Spread the love far and wide!
By the way, if you, like me, have a hard time with the idea that women's history only deserves 31 days of attention out of 365, what's even more incredible is we didn't even always get that. Prior to 1987, it was limited to a week — the week that included International Women's Day. But so many regions started joining in, and every year, the exact week changed. Congress finally got sick of the commotion and said, "Oh, heck, give them the whole month." (Not a direct quote.) Now, every March, we honor women throughout history who have helped us move forward in reproductive rights, gender equality, equal pay for equal work, and the many other issues vital to our existence as worthy and valuable human beings. Sometimes they're Hollywood actors. Sometimes they're poets. Sometimes it's me, lurking the Women's March Twitter page, retweeting stuff that lights a fire in me.
Women's rights are never not important, but now is certainly a unique time to be a lady (or a gay person, or a trans person, or a religious or ethnic minority, or...). Today's political and cultural climate are providing more challenges than we thought we'd face. Now's not the time to quit, though. Just remember some of these wise words.
7. "I watch everybody fight over whether it’s appropriate to be a feminist or not. And I sit here thinking, well, I’m a woman. I would like to be judged on the quality of my work, I would like to be compensated fairly for my work. I would like to have just as much access to healthcare as any man. Yeah, that’s pretty much it."
8. "So the work continues. And for all the young women in this room, all the young men, we can never be complacent. Because we have seen in recent times how quickly things can be taken away if we aren’t vigilant, if we don’t know our history, if we don’t continue the work."
10. "Do you have any idea what year it is? Did you fall down, hit your head, and think you woke up in the 1950s or the 1890s? ... Because I simply cannot believe that in the year 2015, the United States Senate would be spending its time trying to defund women's health care centers."