Women's History Month 2017

Women's History Month 2017

in 1987, the National Women's History Project successfully lobbied Congress to designate the month of March as Women's History Month. Celebrated annually, Women's History Month strives to reveal and celebrate the role that women have played and continue to play in shaping history. This year's theme, "Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business," highlights women who challenged the inequalities women face in the workplace.

Here are some of 2017's National Women's History Month Honorees:

Maggie Lena Walker (1864-1934) A businesswoman and community banking leader, Walker was the first African American woman in the U.S. to charter a bank. (Book: Unequal sisters: A multicultural reader in U.S. women's history).

Addie L. Wyatt (1924-2012) A labor union leader and civil rights activist, Wyatt worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Norma Yaeger (1930-) Breaking barriers the entire way, Yaeger became the first woman stockbroker on the New York Stock Exchange floor.

Barbara Hackman Franklin (1940-) As a former Secretary of Commerce, Franklin led efforts to increase the number of women in government and helped normalize commercial relations with China. (Book: A Matter of Simple Justice: the untold story of Barbara Hackman Franklin...).

For the full list, visit the National Women's History Project website.

- Posted March 01, 2017 by Kathy DeMey (12:18 PM)