I pray that you and your loved ones are staying safe and doing well. March is Women’s History Month, a celebration that actually began in 1978 in California as Women’s History Week, and was extended to a full month nationwide by an act of Congress in 1987.
During the month of March, our nation celebrates the magnificence of women’s achievements throughout our nation’s history. This is a time for all of us to pause and reflect on the leadership, contributions, influence, and even the personal and professional sacrifices of women over the ages as they took bold and often unpopular action to improve the quality of life for us all.
It is also a time for us to honor the women who were not in the spotlight. These unsung women labored behind the scenes to advance society, create jobs, achieve scientific or medical breakthroughs, and even help us explore the heavens.
And throughout history, women have accomplished the important work of instilling values in uncounted generations of children who would go on to make the world a better place.
We celebrate all women and their accomplishments as we look back over the centuries. And yet, Women’s History Month should also be an opportunity for us to look ahead and dedicate ourselves to developing the girls and young women of today, so they can carry the torch of women’s achievement into the future.
In March, CAIR will highlight the many accomplishments of Muslim women throughout history who are often missing from the national conversation. We invite you to participate in Women’s History Month by sharing your story of women in history who were instrumental in shaping who you are and what you do today.
To participate, please create a video of you sharing your story about the woman or women who influenced you. Please keep your video to 90 seconds and message them to CAIR on any of our social platforms.
We look forward to hearing and sharing your stories throughout the month.
National Board Chair
Council on American-Islamic Relations