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.”

Women have contributed to the advancement of American culture for many years. According to the Library of Congress, women worked in cotton mills until the day of childbirth. Women marched for voting rights. Women also assisted in the engine department in the B-25 bomber assembly lines. Women marched during the Civil Rights movement.

Research has shown that if women are given a chance to be educated, they are less likely that they will have multiple children. Their families will have better income and are able to get out of poverty.

According to an article from Brookings Institute, increasing the education of women around the world improves their sexual and reproductive health. This results in increased economic advancement and opportunities. Educating women increased family income, reduces childbearing, and improves participation of women in the communities.

Education also increases gender equality. We need to continue to assist other women with regard to institutional barriers, stereotypes and other cultural barriers.