March is Women’s History Month

The Start of a Movement

In the year 1978, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission proclaimed that Women’s History Week would be celebrated each year in California. Prior to this event, women’s history was not apart of school curriculums nor was it well-known among the general American population. This initiation of celebration quickly turned into a pivotal movement that would soon awaken the public consciousness. As stated by the National Women’s History Project, their progression was aimed at ‘writing women back into history’. By the year 1980, President Carter declared that National Women’s History Week would be celebrated for a full week beginning on March 8th.

President Carter’s Viewpoint

“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.

This goal can be achieved by ratifying the 27th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which states that “Equality of Rights under the Law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

By 1987, Congress declared the celebration to include the entire month of March. To honor this movement and the success of women, from all around the globe, provided is a list of the “Top 10 Most Powerful Women in Business”, according to Fortune.com.

Top 10 Most Powerful Women in Business

  1. Mary Barra – Chairman and CEO, General Motors
  2. Indra Nooyi – Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo
  3. Marillyn Hewson – Chairman, President, and CEO, Lockheed Martin
  4. Abigail Johnson – President and CEO, Fidelity Investments
  5. Sheryl Sandberg – COO, Facebook
  6. Ginni Rometty – Chairman, President, and CEO, IBM
  7. Meg Whitman – CEO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  8. Safra Catz – Co-CEO, Oracle
  9. Phebe Novakovic – Chairman and CEO, General Dynamics
  10. Ruth Porat – SVP and CFO, Google, Alphabet