Did you know that March is Women’s History Month? Neither did I. Or at least, if I did know it, I had forgotten. Turns out, the US Congress declared it so in perpetuity back in 1987.
National Women’s History Month
By 1986, 14 states had already declared March as Women’s History Month. This momentum and state-by-state action was used as the rational to lobby Congress to declare the entire month of March 1987 as National Women’s History Month. In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month in perpetuity. A special Presidential Proclamation is issued every year which honors the extraordinary achievements of American women.
In honor of this, I thought I would highlight a couple of articles I came across in today’s news.
First off, we have this from today’s NY Times on gains women have made at Harvard since 2005.
Five years after Lawrence H. Summers, then the president of Harvard University, suggested that innate differences might explain why women are less successful in science and math careers than men, Harvard is, in some ways, a different place.
Professors can get up to $20,000 to help pay for child care, there are new programs to encourage young women to pursue science and research careers, and seven of the 16 members of Harvard’s Council of Deans are now women.
See, Larry Summers can to make a positive impact on things. He just has to leave. (And whomever put this piece together, the closing is rather priceless):
Does having a woman as Harvard’s president make a difference?
“I don’t think so,” Dr. Georgi said, adding, “but maybe not having Larry. …”
From Harvard, let’s head down to North Carolina where state Rep. Bill Current voices his displeasure with the idea:
State Rep. Bill Current didn’t think much of his invitation to a celebration of women’s history at the N.C. Museum of History.
Gov. Bev Perdue is scheduled to speak at the March 22 event, which is being held by the N. C. Council for Women, N. C. Museum of History & Wake County Commission for Women.
"Thanks for your kind invitation. However, I must regret for I have promised to be at the organizational meeting of the ‘White male’ history society. Sincerely, WAC," he wrote in an e-mail message that he thought was only going to the event organizers.
Actually, the message was copied to what appears to be the entire state House.
"Uh oh," Current said, upon learning that he hit "Reply All."
As always, when called on his ‘comment,’ Rep. Current apologized for having hit "Reply All" rather than for his actual comment. (And yes, he’s a Republican).
To end this little discussion, I’d like to mention The Breast Cancer Site, which each day is posting a snippet of information on women’s achievements over the years. While you are there, you can also click on the big button and help to provide mammograms for poor women (then you can click along the companion sites and do more good as well – one click a day at each of the sites helps to provide food, books, mammograms, children’s health care, Rainforest Preservation, and food for rescued animals.)