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Recognizing Wonderful Women: Strong women can change history

Month dedicated to celebrating the influential women around the world

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Recognizing Wonderful Women: Strong women can change history

Caitlin McCombs, Center Section Page Editor

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Throughout March, National Women’s History Month is celebrated in order to highlight the contributions of women to past events in history and society.

This month is based around March 8, which was International Women’s Day, which commemorates the movement for women’s rights.

In 1986, 14 states proclaimed that March was National Women’s History Month, and finally in 1987, Congress declared it a national month.
Since then, people across America, the United Kingdom, and Australia have celebrated the women who have made changes throughout our world’s history.

Also, in Canada during October, it is celebrated relating to Person’s Day on Oct. 8.

Compared to other months throughout the year, National Women’s month is not celebrated as much. Something needs to change.

It is important to recognize these women and many others because often women go unnoticed or are underrated.

I do not believe there is one woman who has made the most influence on the history of women.

I believe women who have made steps and are still making steps for women are influential.

One of these women is my own mother. In 2009, my mother was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer. Although I was too young to understand what it was, it has still impacted my life.

Once I was old enough to comprehend what happened, I realized how incredibly strong my mother had to be to get through something like that. I am proud to say my mother is a cancer survivor.

Strong women, like my mother, surround us in our everyday life. They get through the impossible and are able to impact others because of it.

Another woman I look up to is Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. Malala has made a humongous impact on Pakistan and the world around her.

In 2012, she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman and survived. On top of that, she has been pushing for female education since she was young.

With strength like this in young females around our world, we can start making differences.

Someone else who has influenced women’s history is celebrity Ellen Degeneres. She is one of America’s most well-known comedians, also serving as a prominent gay/lesbian role model. Ellen came out as gay in 1997 and became an advocate for the LGBT community.

She was the star of a sitcom appropriately called Ellen when she came out. After her coming out, the show received criticism; however, gay-friendly activists applauded Ellen for her courage.

Without women making steps for their rights, we wouldn’t be where we are today.

All around the world, women are affecting our history.

My friends and I have even started making history. We have taken multiple steps in the past two years.

Last year, we hung up empowering women posters around the school in order to spread the word of feminism.

This year, we attended a Progressive Democratic Women’s Caucus at our local community college in order to get involved. This year,we also attended the Women’s March in Lansing to protest for our rights.

Together, women can make a difference.

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