As M9 continues to honor Women’s History Month, here is some great inspiration and facts we learned this week:
Women’s History Month started as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.”
Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields.
“There are two kinds of people– those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.” -Indira Gandhi
“The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not our circumstances.” –Martha Washington
Honorable Historic Moments
Some 350,000 women served in the U.S. Armed Forces in World War II, both at home and abroad. They included the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, who on March 10, 2010, were awarded the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal. Meanwhile, widespread male enlistment left gaping holes in the industrial labor force and defense industry. Women were critical to the war effort: Between 1940 and 1945, the age of “Rosie the Riveter,” the female percentage of the U.S. workforce increased from 27 percent to nearly 37 percent, and by 1945, nearly one out of every four married women worked outside the home. World War II opened the door for women to work in more types of jobs than ever before, but with the return of male soldiers at war’s end, women, especially married women, were once again pressured to return to a life at home, a prospect that, for thousands of American women, had shifted thanks to their wartime service.
Inspirational Women Inventors
Grace Brewster Murray Hopper (née Murray December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992) was an American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral. Grace was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, she was a pioneer of computer programming who invented one of the first linkers. Hopper was the first to devise the theory of machine-independent programming languages, and the FLOW-MATIC programming language she created using this theory was later extended to create COBOL, an early high-level programming language still in use today. She coined the term “bug” to refer to unexplained computer failures.
Woman-Owned Delicious Dining Options
A group of women restaurateurs are joining forces to raise money for other women-led restaurants struggling in the pandemic.
Check out the link above to learn more and read about these establishments!
What Woman Inspires You? Views by members of the M9 Team
By: Calen Weaver, Talent Acquisition Specialist
I have been so lucky in my life to be surrounded by so many outstanding and strong driven women. From family, to friends, mentors, and colleagues I have so many individuals who have molded me into the person I am. My mom has been probably the most active individual in my life. She does nothing but support me in every way possible, and as I have become older we have grown into more than just mother and daughter but also best friends. She is the person I turn to about everything, big or small. I call her on average 3 times a day to just chat, rant, blow off steam, fill in on exciting news, etc. She is my rock. Besides my mother, I have some amazing friends. One friend specifically, Taylor, has in a short time become family. She is the best definition of a true friend and there isn’t anything I feel I couldn’t ask of her, and she would do it better than asked. I can count on her, I respect her, and I admire the strong woman she is. She knows what she wants and you have no choice but to accept it. She has always gone above and beyond in our friendship and I can’t thank her enough for that. These two women keep me sane when I’m going through it and build me up for the better.