Women's History Month

Slideshow

Adaline Weston Couzins
Alice Berry Graham
Annie Turnbo Malone
Dr. Janet Lynn Kavandi
Dr. Jessie L. Ternberg
Katherine Berry Richardson
Dr. Linda Godwin
Luella Agnes Owen
Mary Easton Sibley
Nelle E. Peters
Virginia Eshelman Johnson

The National Women’s History Project petitioned Congress in 1987 to expand the observance of “Women’s History Week” as established in 1981 to include the entire month of March. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.” 

Early proponents of education for women were trampled by arguments from physicians and other “experts” who believed females were incapable of intellectual development equal to men, or that they would be harmed by attempting to gain knowledge that they were not able to retain. The Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act (or simply “Title IX”), passed into law in 1972 and enacted in 1977, prohibits gender discrimination in federally-funded institutions, which gave women the equal opportunity to learn. This Act became a primary platform for women, allowing them to fully participate in all aspects of education, and has transformed the educational landscape of America within the span of a generation.

Early proponents of education for women were trampled by arguments from physicians and other “experts” who believed females were incapable of intellectual development equal to men, or that they would be harmed by attempting to gain knowledge that they were not able to retain. The Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act (or simply “Title IX”), passed into law in 1972 and enacted in 1977, prohibits gender discrimination in federally-funded institutions, which gave women the equal opportunity to learn. This Act became a primary platform for women, allowing them to fully participate in all aspects of education, and has transformed the educational landscape of America within the span of a generation.

The women of Missouri stepped up to the challenge of furthering their education, becoming major contributors to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The list includes:

Celebrate Women’s History Month in Missouri by attending any of the following events throughout the state:

Western Missouri

Kansas City

Independence

Southwestern Missouri

Springfield

Central Missouri

Columbia

Jefferson City

Eastern Missouri

Saint Louis

St. Charles

Southeastern Missouri

Cape Girardeau

However you choose to commemorate women in history this March, remember to thank those in your life who have contributed to your personal successes and inspired you through imagination!