Celebrated in March, Women’s History Month is an annual, declared month that highlights women’s contributions to events in history and contemporary society. Back in 1980, a group of women noticed that female figures were secluded from several texts and they were never fully acknowledged; no more than 3-percent of content was devoted to women. After seven years of dedication and persistence, women finally got approval from Congress and the White House to make the week of March 8 the official week where women get to celebrate their role in history and the efforts they have made to better society.
“Women have made a lot of contributions to history and often times those contributions end up either marginalized or not discussed as much,” AP U.S. History teacher and Feminist Club sponsor Christina Ferrari said. “It is not just historically and politically that we have made contributions, but we have also influenced artistically as well as economically.”
Even though women’s role in society and awareness of their influence has been equally increasing, there are still several misunderstandings when it comes to ideas englobing feminism. Social media often portrays a matriarch side of the concept, marking it as a system where women rule and are considered the superiors. Women however, are trying to restructure people’s generated definition of the concept.
“I think everyone needs to research the true meaning of feminism and what it is to be a feminist because there is a lot of negative connotation with the word,” junior, officer of the Feminist Club Daniela Guevara said. “If you believe that there should be economic, political and social equality between all genders then you are a feminist. It is especially important nowadays since patriarchy is still well and alive and it is important to break stigmas and learn to be open and accepting to learning social issues.”
Feminism is about analyzing the nature of gender inequality and working towards creating a more just society as a whole, where both men and women are able to cohabit in a less marginalized and divided society. That is the purpose of the National Women’s History month. They want to mobilize a movement where women have as equal rights and recognition as men without designation any class system.
“The reality is that at this point it is almost a social stigma as opposed to a political one. People should talk about it and not be afraid to voice their opinions, more specifically, not be afraid to have what people refer to as ‘tough conversations,’” Ferrari said. “Declaring oneself a feminist has a stigma that is attached to it when in reality, all it is is expecting the same reactions and the same compensation for the exact same actions in society and in the work force.”