By: Cheyenne Petitpas

In the beginning, women’s history month was only one week that women were celebrated. The first National Women’s Week in history was the week of March 7, 1982, and the one week celebration went on for 13 years. In 1995, the entire month of March became dedicated to women’s history instead of just one week.

Since it’s the last week of March, and therefore the last week to celebrate women’s history, I thought I would highlight a few extraordinary women and discuss the work they did to progress women’s rights for future generations.

Karen Carpenter was a famous singer in the ‘70s who was a strong advocate for education audiences on anorexia and other eating disorders.

Jeannette Rankin was a republican from Montana who ended up being the first woman elected into congress. She was elected into the House of Representatives not once, but twice.

Janet Reno was a lawyer who served as the first female attorney general for eight years.

Margaret Butler became the first female fellow at the American Nuclear Society. She spoke out passionately about women in the STEM field.

These women used their voices to voice the voiceless. They didn’t accept the role society placed on them. Instead, they challenged it and earned their place in the world. They paved the path so women who came after them would be able to take their spots in the world, knowing it was possible to do.

This month is all about recognizing the amazing women in history and their contributions to America’s history, society and culture. Without these women, America would not be as progressive as it is today.. Don’t get me wrong, we have a lot to work on still, but it’s amazing and inspiring to take a step back and realize how far women have truly come.

Take a moment to appreciate the women in your life, and the women of the past. Recognize how powerful the future can be with women in it, and how much further we can improve as a nation.