Officially designated as Women's History Month, March presents an opportunity to learn more about the extraordinary 'her-story' or our collective past. Remarkable women have progressed our world forward — then and now! Meet just a few of these trailblazing women of March...
March 4, 1917 — Jeannette Rankin, becomes the first female member of Congress. A Republican from Montana, Rankin was a pacifist opposed to both World Wars while in office.
March 9, 1959 — The debut of the Barbie Doll! This landmark doll strikes an interesting duality as a symbol of female empowerment, while conveying unrealistic standards of beauty. Still, Barbie has changed with the times and continues to serve as a role model for generations.
March 11, 1993 — Janet Reno becomes the first female U.S. Attorney General and to date, was the second longest serving AG in our countries history.
March 12, 1912 — The first Girl Scouts meeting is held in Savannah, GA. Juliette Gordon Low felt young girls deserved the same organizational benefits as young boys when she started this organization. Today, Girl Scouts has nearly 3 million members worldwide — and who doesn't love their annual cookie sales?!
March 15, 1933 — The redoubtable Ruth Bader Ginsburg is born! As the second female U.S. Supreme Court Justice, RBG spent her early legal career advocating for women's rights and her strong voice on the bench resounds today!
March 17, 2017 — Nancy Abu-Bonsrah becomes the first African American female neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital. today there are only 219 board-certified female neurosurgeons in the U.S.
March 18th, 1984 — Singer and actress Vanessa Williams is crowned the first African American Miss America! Overcoming a scandal that was later voided, Vanessa went on to achieve 16 Grammy nominations for her various multi-platinum recordings, followed by a successful acting career in films and television.
March 20, 1852 — Harriet Beecher Stowe's landmark novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, is published and goes on to become the largest selling book of the 19th century.
March 22, 1972 — The Equal Rights Amendment is passed in Congress, but was never ratified by the necessary number of states. This grants equal rights for women!
March 25th, 1987 — Aretha Franklin, the multi-Grammy award-winning singer and undisputed "Queen of Soul," who became the first women inducted into the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame, is born!
March 31, 1888 — Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Sojourner Truth, Julia Ward How and others establish The U.S. National Council of Women — the oldest American women's organization.
Get out and make some history with your own remarkable accomplishments in this month of celebrating Women's contributions to our collected past!