Women’s History Month

By: Kyra Richardson, Reporter

Why was March chosen for Women’s History Month? Well, in 1981, congress requested that the President proclaim the week beginning March as “Women’s History Week.” By 1987, after many joint resolutions had passed, March was officially authorized as “Women’s History Month.” March is the month that we recognize and celebrate the achievements and contributions women have made to the United States. 

 Born on July 24th, 1897, and disappeared on July 2nd, 1937, Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. In 1920, Earhart went on her first airplane ride, inspiring her to take flying lessons. She bought her first plane, a Kinner Airster, in 1921, which was quickly followed by her earning her pilot’s license in 1923. In 1932, Earhart crossed the Atlantic alone making her, not only the first woman to cross solo, but also in record time. She served as the Ninety-Nines’, an organization of female pilots, first president after she helped found it in 1929. Earhart’s final flight was in 1937 when she and Fred Noonan set out to fly around the world, ending in their disappearance. 

Betty Friedan (born February 4, 1921—died February 4, 2006) was an American writer and feminist. Friedan is most commonly known for her book “The Feminine Mystique,” published in 1963, which dispelled the “happy homemaker” myth. Three years later, she co-founded the National Organization for Women (NOW), a group dedicated to achieving equality between genders. Friedan also helped organize the Women’s Strike for Equality in 1970. In 1976, she wrote another book, “It Changed My Life: Writings on the Women’s Movement.” She continued to publish books that addressed discrimination against women and her experience in civil rights. 

Danai Gurira, born on February 14th, 1978, is best known for roles in “The Walking Dead” and in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. Gurira stars as Michonne on “The Walking Dead” and as General Okoye in “Black Panther” and in “Avengers: Infinity War.” Both Marvel films are among the highest grossing movies of all time. Gurira is also quite the playwright, her works include “In the Continuum,” “Eclipsed,” “The Convert,” and Familiar.” She also serves as an ambassador for Bono’s ONE campaign, a global movement striving to end extreme poverty and preventable diseases everywhere. In addition, she founded Love Our Girls, an operation that’s fighting to give a voice to females across the world. 

Women make up only 28% of the workforce in STEM fields. The fields of some of the fastest-growing and highest-paid jobs of the future, like engineering and computer science, have some of the largest gender gaps. Even in colleges, men outnumber women majoring in most STEM fields. At ASCTE, we want to fill the prominent gender gap in the STEM fields. 

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