Written by HRCap, Inc.
March 31, 2023
Looking Back into History
Women's History Month has been celebrated in the United States since 1987 when Congress declared the month of March as Women's History Month. However, the celebration of women's contributions to history dates back much further.
It first started in 1978, when the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women in California initiated a “Women’s History Week” celebration, which was soon adopted by other communities across the country. Then in 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued a presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week. Finally, in 1987, as people rallied to expand National Women’s History week to a month-long celebration, Congress declared March as Women’s History Month to honor the achievements of women in all facets of life who have paved the way for progress in the United States.
Since then, Women’s History Month has been celebrated to recognize the achievements and contributions of women who have shaped history and inspired future generations of women to break down barriers and make progress toward gender equality.
Celebrating Women Making History
Over the past month, HRCap has highlighted women of diverse cultural backgrounds, past and present to acknowledge how women have made a difference across all industries. By sharing the achievements and the impact they have made on society, we hope to inspire all to be transformational leaders in their respective fields.
Ava DuVernay is a highly acclaimed American film director and screenwriter who is known for her critically acclaimed films such as "Selma," "13th," and "When They See Us." Breaking barriers and bringing attention to important social and political issues, she is a trailblazer in film and television.
Winning all four major snowboarding titles in the Olympics, Worlds, Youth Olympics, and X Games, Chloe Kim is one of the greatest female snowboarders of all time. Due to her accomplishments, she was also awarded three ESPYS awards and was included in Time's "100 Most Influential People of 2018."
Eleanor Roosevelt served as First Lady of the US from 1933 to 1945. She was a prominent advocate for civil's and women's rights. She was also the first chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights, where she helped draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the second woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court and was widely respected for her dedication to advancing gender equality and protecting the rights of minorities. She was a strong advocate for civil liberties and became a cultural icon known for her sharp questioning during oral arguments.
Marie Curie was a physicist and chemist that discovered the elements of radium and polonium and contributed to finding treatment for cancer. She became the first woman to receive a Noble Prize award for her groundbreaking research on radioactivity.
Barbara Jordan was a politician and civil rights leader who broke barriers as the first African-American woman to serve in the Texas Senate. She also became the first African-American woman keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention.
Shirin Ebadi is an Iranian lawyer, human rights activist, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. She was the first Iranian to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for her efforts in promoting democracy and human rights, especially for women and children in Iran.
As a Filipino American singer-songwriter, Olivia Rodrigo made history as the first artist to debut at No. 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200 charts simultaneously. She's also a proud recipient of the 2021 MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist.
Christine Lagarde is a French lawyer and politician who has held several high-level positions in both the public and private sectors. She is currently the President of the European Central Bank, making her the first woman to hold the position. She has also been recognized for her leadership in promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women in the workplace.
Recognizing Women at HRCap
We would like to also acknowledge and recognize the amazing women that have made a meaningful impact at HRCap. From building relationships to providing excellent service, they have continued to work with the highest commitment and passion. While taking care of their family and balancing their personal lives, these women do not miss a beat in performing beyond expectations and continue to grow and learn as professionals in Human Resources and Recruiting Services.
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By breaking ceilings and bridging gaps, our team has helped countless women candidates advance in their respective careers and client companies embrace greater empathy and sustainable growth within their organizations. We are incredibly grateful for our diverse, growing team at HRCap and for their amazing efforts and dedication to providing excellent service to our company, clients, and communities!
Source: HRCap, National Women’s History Museum
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