Happy March! And Happy Women’s History Month! While Revel is hosting all of its usual great events for you this month as well as some special treats in honor of….well….us!
Let’s start with a bit of history about Women’s History month. The National Women’s History Alliance, founded in 1985 just north of San Francisco in Santa Rosa, first floated the idea for a designated time of year to honor the contributions made by women throughout history. It took a decade for the importance of such recognition to resonate but since 1995, every U.S. president has proclaimed March as Women’s History March. Our government’s cultural agencies — the Library of Congress, National Archives, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and the Holocaust Memorial Museum — are hosting exhibits to commemorate and encourage the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role women played in American history.
Google Women’s History Month and you’ll see lots of options to learn more about inspiring women. Two of our suggestions:
• Check out the Library of Congress’s online exhibit, “Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote,” (link) to see handwritten letters, speeches, photographs and scrapbooks created by American suffragists who fought to secure women’s voting rights — a 70-year-long battle culminating 100 years ago with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. Their dedicated activism paved the way to economic, social, and political equality for all of us who follow in their footsteps. Black women and other minorities continued to fight for their voting rights until the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965.
• Love a good documentary as much as we do? The PBS website lists various women-inspired stories to watch. From Annie Oakley to women athletes, doctors, Civil Rights leaders, and a groundbreaking cryptanalyst, are just some of the possibilities for your streaming pleasure.
This month also hosts International Women’s Day —a global holiday sanctioned by the United Nations. March 8th is dedicated to recognizing women’s contributions to a global society, hoping to inspire the ongoing fight for gender equality around the world. This year’s theme, #ChooseToChallenge, highlights the importance of challenging biases and misconceptions in the interest of creating a more inclusive and gender-equal world.
If you’d like to know more about International Women’s Day or how best to support this worldwide effort, please join your Reveler host, Elena, from 4-5:00pst on Monday, March 8th (sign up here). This event encourages you to celebrate women in any way that is meaningful to you — share a story of a woman you admire, read a poem, or offer a toast. To engage in a more profound way, check out the official International Women's Day website which has suggestions for ways to get involved.
While we consider all our Revel events a “pseudo tribute” to women, we also want to call your attention to an upcoming Author Conversation this month. On March 10th, Revel Co-founder Lisa Marrone will moderate a discussion with Anna Malaika Tubbs, author of Three Mothers. The biography profiles the mothers of three Civil Rights Leaders: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin. In her publishing debut, Tubbs introduces readers to Alberta King, Louise Little and Berdis Baldwin, three Black women born at the beginning of the 20th Century. These women used their strength and motherhood to push their children toward greatness — all with a conviction that every human being deserves dignity and respect despite the rampant discrimination they faced. Learn more about the event and RSVP here.
We hope you’ll find these and other Revel gatherings of interest this month. Momentum is building for our Revel community, and we are grateful for the opportunity to revel in our womanhood. Cheers to Women’s History Month!