YES, We Can!
March is Women's History Month. According to the website womenshistorymonth.gov, what began as "Women's History Week" in 1981 became "Women's History Month" in 1987 when Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 after being petitioned by the National Women's History Project.
Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the president to proclaim March of each year as Women's History Month. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as "Women's History Month." The purpose of setting aside this month is to commemorate and encourage the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.
The few female leaders throughout the centuries have made it into the history books. However, countless women never received recognition for their accomplishments and work, dismissed simply because of their gender. In the era of #MeToo, many wrongs have been corrected. We now have the greatest number of women serving in Congress, four women (so far) have announced they are running for the presidency, women are joining corporate CEO ranks, members of the women's national soccer team have stood together and filed a gender discrimination suit against U.S. Soccer. And the latest super hero, Captain Marvell, is a woman. Progress grinds along slowly, but women's voices are are beginning to be heard, their accomplishments are being recognized.
On the other hand, there is one place that has always presented strong females: books. I remember loving Madeleine, a feisty individual who stood out among the "12 little girls in two straight lines." Pippi Longstockings is another scrappy, parent-less girl who gets along using her wit and intelligence. And many of us were inspired by Jo March, of Little Women fame, who was determined to pursue a writing career. There are countless additional female characters from literary history whom readers, young and old, have drawn upon for inspiration.
The Eight Cousins staff (by the way, Eight Cousins is owned by three amazing women--and many other other businesses on Falmouth's Main Street are women-owned) has selected their own "favorite, feisty, fearless and ferocious female literary characters." Send us yours!
not able to discuss their vital role, this group of women were essential to U.S. victories during the war. (from Mary Fran)