International Women’s Day

Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed.  

I urge libraries, schools, and community organizations to focus their observances on the leaders who struggled for equality – – Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Lucy Stone, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Tubman, and Alice Paul.

Understanding the true history of our country will help us to comprehend the need for full equality under the law for all our people. 

-President Jimmy Carter, as he designated March 2-8, 1980 as the first National Women’s History Week.

Now, March is National Women’s History Month and March 8th is International Women’s Day.

The theme for 2019’s Women’s History Month is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence.”

For generations, women have resolved conflicts in their homes, schools, and communities. They have rejected violence as counterproductive and stressed the need to restore respect, establish justice, and reduce the causes of conflict as the surest way to peace. From legal defense and public education to direct action and civil disobedience, women have expanded the American tradition of using inclusive, democratic and active means to reduce violence, achieve peace, and promote the common good.

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