AFGE is proud to celebrate women and the many important contributions of women to our nation during Women’s History Month in March!
The theme of this year’s Women’s History Month is “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.” The theme honors and celebrates caregivers and frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and recognizes women of all cultures who have provided healing and hope throughout history.
As Women’s History Month continues, let us all reflect on the power of women in our lives, our workplaces, and communities, and be sure to stand with us in our fight as we uplift women everywhere.
Here are a few ways to celebrate, honor, and uplift women:
1. Celebrate AFGE women
AFGE’s Women and Fair Practices Departments held an AFGE Women virtual panel discussion on March 15. The panel brought together women across AFGE to discuss the experiences and perspectives of women in the union and in the federal and D.C. workforce.
WFP will also host a Sister’s Keeper Summit on Aug. 5-7. This will be our 3rd annual Sister’s Keeper Summit, which brings together the women of AFGE and their allies to celebrate sisterhood and solidarity over three days of workshops, roundtable discussions, and more. Click here to register.
2. Learn about women who are currently making history across the labor movement
Throughout the month of March, the AFL-CIO features women who are not only working hard to improve their local communities but also working conditions for people across the country.
3. Join the Coalition of Labor Union Women
Formed in 1974, CLUW is America’s only national organization for union women. Its goal is to unify all union women in the labor movement and address our common concerns. CLUW also promotes greater participation of women at all levels in the labor movement and in the political and legislative processes.
And if you have a few minutes, take part in this fun and informative self-paced trivia game developed by our very own Chelsea Bland! The quiz features 20 trivia questions to test your knowledge and encourage you to reflect on the historical, societal and cultural impact of women of the past, present and our future.
4. Protect our voting rights
Did you know that it took 72 years to pass and ratify the 19th Amendment and three more decades to fully honor women’s right to vote?
Learn more about the suffrage movement and the little-known women who bravely fought – some were even jailed – so we have the right to vote.
5. Join the national conversation about women
Join the National Women’s History Alliance’s webinar on Writing Women Back Into History: The Bedrock of Knowing Ourselves on Saturday, March 26.
The National Women’s History Alliance is a leader in promoting women’s history. Formerly the National Women’s History Project, the organization in 1980 led a coalition that successfully lobbied Congress to designate March as National Women’s History Month that is now celebrated across the country.
There are other virtual events at https://womenshistorymonth.gov/
6. Support women-owned businesses
This list wouldn’t be complete without a call to support women-owned businesses!
Use your search engine to find women-owned businesses in your area, or try this directory. Buy their products and services, and, if you really like them, help promote their business on social media.