As March unfolds its arms each year, the world embraces Women’s History Month—a time to honor the indelible mark women have left on history, culture, and society. Since 1987, this month-long celebration in the United States stands as a testament to the enduring strength, resilience, and achievements of women across the globe. It’s a time to reflect on the progress made, the challenges yet to overcome, and the profound impact women have had in shaping our collective narrative.

The actual celebration of Women’s History Month grew out of a weeklong celebration of women’s contributions to culture, history and society organized by the school district of Sonoma California, in 1978. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week. The U.S. Congress followed suit the next year, establishing a national celebration. Six years later, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the event to the entire month.

The 2024 theme celebrates “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.” This theme recognizes women who understand the need to eliminate bias and discrimination from individuals’ lives and institutions. As we celebrate this month, let us continue to champion the voices of those who strive for a world free of bias and discrimination.

Maya Angelou’s words resonate deeply with this theme: “My mission in life is not merely to survive but to thrive and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Angelou’s call to embrace life with passion, compassion, humor, and style reflects her belief in the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity and find joy and purpose in every experience.

May this month inspire us to honor the past, empower the present, and pave the way for a future where every woman’s story is celebrated, valued, and embraced.