The 1st of March, 2021 marked the beginning of Women’s History Month. For the 2021 the month is more significant because all the centennial celebrations that mark the women’s suffrage were curtailed or cancelled in 2020 amid the coronavirus.

Theme for 2021 Women’s History Month: “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced”.

About Women’s History Month

The annual declared month which is celebrated to highlight the contributions of women in the events of history and the contemporary society. The month March is celebrated in the USA, UK, and Australia which also corresponds with International Women’s Day which is observed on 8th March.

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The countries started commemorating the week in 1978. The commemoration first started in Sonoma County, California. Then, it was championed by Gerda Lerner.

Why March is significant in 2021?

In 2020 was marked by the spread of the coronavirus. Amid the pandemic, the women faced the challenges of Inequalities ranging from the pay disparity to the domestic threat. The statistics show that, women make only 77% for every dollar a man earn. The statistics also shows that, one in every 3 women will be vulnerable to the gender violence in her lifetime. Thus, this month is being observed to fight, protect and support women. The month will also be “celebrating women”.

About International Women’s Day

The International Women’s Day is observed on 8th March around the world. The International Women’s Day is a focal point of the movement for women’s rights. The proposal to mark a special women day was put by German delegates after the Socialist Party of America celebrated Women’s Day in New York City on in the year 1909. The women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in the year 1917. To mark this, 8th March became a national holiday there. Later, in the year 1977, the United Nations (UN) started celebrating this day.

Women History Month 2021