omen’s History Month began 40 years ago this March, when a handful of schools in Sonoma County, California, gathered for their first annual “Women’s History Week.” A few years and a presidential proclamation later, that week grew into a month-long, nationwide celebration of the women who shaped our world.
In 1978, the year it all began, I was 13 years old. At the time, I didn’t know many women who worked outside the home, but I knew I wanted a career when I grew up, so I had a special fascination with the women who did. One of the things I love about this month is the reminder that my own daughters have more examples of footsteps to follow in and shoulders to stand on than I did at their age. They don’t doubt that women can change the world because they’re surrounded by stories of the women who already have.
As we honor the contributions of the women who came before us, let’s also recognize the women who are making history right before our eyes. We might not know all their names — but one day, I hope we will. And so will the generation of girls they inspire to follow their own dreams.
Here are a few I’m excited about.