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Like You Need an Excuse to Speak Out?

The idea of Women’s History Month is relatively new.  National Women’s History Week only became an official event in 1980 and was expanded to Women’s History Month in 1987. But here’s the surprising thing: unlike Thanksgiving or the Fourth of July, which come every year, Women’s History Month is renewed year after year by a presidential declaration. It’s not automatic that we set aside time every year to think about women’s history and women’s roles in society; it’s an ongoing, conscious process.

This Women’s History Month, we invite you to think about women and change. Has Women’s History Month made a difference? Have you noticed a difference in how you live your life or perceive the world? Differences between your outlook on the world and the way your mom, your aunt, your daughter view things? Do we still need Women’s History Month?

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Women's history month has definately made a difference for women and girls. We have begun to hear OUR story, Herstory. I'd love to see it renamed accordingly. Words matter! Next year how about Women's Herstory Month? The renaming alone will have a 'silent' but huge intellectual impact for all! I've had to work hard to instill herstory into the awareness of my awesome daughter because of the general blight of 'history' in terms of it's narrow and often intentionally limited story.

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Sinclair, Paula. "Like You Need an Excuse to Speak Out?." 4 March 2014. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on July 24, 2017) <https://jwa.org/blog/like-you-need-excuse-to-speak-out>.

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