Women’s History Month: Celebrating the Vital Role of Women in American History
Each year, Women’s History Month (WHM) offers an important opportunity to shine a light on the extraordinary legacy of trailblazing American women who have built, shaped, and improved upon our Nation- and the girls who will grow up to continue to do so.
As the White House issued in its statement yesterday, “Throughout American history, women and girls have made vital contributions, often in the face of discrimination and undue hardship. Courageous women marched for and won the right to vote, campaigned against injustice, shattered countless barriers, and expanded the possibilities of American life. Our history is also replete with examples of the unfailing bravery and grit of women in America, particularly in times of crisis and emergency. Women served our Nation during World War II, led organizing and litigation efforts during the Civil Rights movement, and represented the United States on the global stage in the fight for human rights, peace, and security. Far too often, their heroic efforts and their stories have gone untold — especially the millions of Black women, immigrant women, and others from diverse communities who have strengthened America across every generation.”
As we celebrate WHM at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, we not only note the impact and influence that women have made on our nation’s culture and history, we also recognize our role in educating future female role models and leaders. Within our female student population, we have future researchers, technicians, engineers, and artists. We are instructing future educators, physicians, attorneys, and civic leaders. We celebrate our Saints who will move forward to become heroines on the frontlines of military zones, hospitals, and political crusades.
In a year that has been wrought with uncertainty and risk, we also herald our female faculty members and staff who make an impact each and every day on the lives of our students which, in turn, has a direct impact on the future of our world.
Book Suggestions for Women’s History Month
Wollstonecraft: Philosophy, Passion, and Politics, Sylvana Tomaselli
We Are Not Born Submissive: How Patriarchy Shapes Women's Lives, Manon Garcia
Eva Palmer Sikelianos: A Life in Ruins, Artemis Leontis
The Secret History of Wonder Woman, Jill Lepore
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women, Elena Favilli
We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World, Rachel Ignotofsky
Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shetterly
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
My Own Words, Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own, Kate Bolick
The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars, Dava Sobel
Elizabeth the Queen, Sally Bedell
My Beloved World, Sonia Sotomayor
Finding My Voice, Valerie Jarrett
No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference, Greta Thunberg
The Moment of Lift, Melinda Gates
Becoming, Michelle Obama
Bossypants, Tiny Fey
“The History Chicks” by Beckett Graham and Susan Vollenweider
“Stuff Mom Never Told You” by iHeartRadio
“The Other Half: The History of Women Through the Ages” by James Boulton.