As we welcome the month of March, it becomes time to celebrate Women’s History Month. Women’s history month began as a small, local celebration in Santa Rosa, California and then became recognized as a national holiday to honor and highlight the accomplishments, sacrifices, and contributions of women throughout American history.
In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th 1980 as National Women’s History Week, which later came to be celebrated throughout the month of March. Although American history and Women’s history are one and the same, Women’s History Month is designed to reflect upon the often silenced, and overlooked accomplishments of women.
As former First Lady Michelle Obama once said, “No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of contributions of half its citizens.” Thus, while we have come far in terms of gender equality, we still have so far to go and it is essential to highlight the incredible women who brought us to where we are today.
From Susan B. Anthony and Alice Paul of the Women’s suffrage movement, to Gloria Steinem and Angela Davis of second wave feminism, Women’s history month is a time to honor the women who have come before us so that the women of the future can inherit the equality they so rightfully deserve. Keep an eye out for recommended readings, member profiles, and featured classes as we celebrate Women’s History here at San Diego Oasis. Visit the website and search on the class number or title to learn more and to register for the following upcoming classes:
Class #392 | Notable Women through History
Tuesday, March 15 | 1:00 PM → 2:00 PM | $12.00 | Location: Online Only
Instructor: Lola Sparrowhawk, Int’l Award-Winning Author/Historian
Class #397 | Women of the Tenement and the Kosher Meat Boycott
Thursday, March 17 | 10:00 AM → 11:30 AM | $15.00 | Location: Online Only
Instructor: Dr. Annie Polland, President, Tenement Museum
Class #406 | Paving the Way for Women: Frances Perkins
Monday, March 28 | 10:00 AM → 11:15 AM | $12.00 | Location: In-Person or Online | Lifelong Learning Center
Instructor: Anne Hoiberg, Activist, Women’s Hall of Fame Inductee, President of Women’s Museum of California
Class #414 | Women, Sainthood, and Power: The Enduring Popularity of Rose of Lima
Monday, April 4 | 10:00 AM → 11:00 AM | $12.00 | Location: Online Only
Instructor: Oliva M. Espín, Ph.D.