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Women’s History Month 2024

A roundup of local and national events in recognition of women’s history.
Photo and Caption Courtesy of NASA
The six women astronauts selected by NASA in 1978, Shannon M. Lucid, left, M. Rhea Seddon, Kathryn D. Sullivan, Judith A. Resnik, Anna L. Fisher, and Sally K. Ride, pose with an Apollo-era space suit.

Women have been discriminated against, underrepresented, and underestimated for centuries. March is Women’s History Month in acknowledgment of women’s achievements through history to shed light on their work and legacies.
Sex-based discrimination is still an issue in many facets of daily life. During March, progressive and historical organizations host events to educate people about the often-overlooked women who have shaped modern society.
The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation has special films, artifacts, exhibits and activities for guests during March. These experiences highlight American female innovation for Women’s History Month. Their March calendar displays many special events for visitors.

For feminists looking to celebrate from home, NASA has compiled information on female astronauts. Women in STEM have fought for their rights and research and NASA is paying their dues.
Coming back to the Ann Arbor area from space, The University of Michigan is hosting an Eye on Detroit March Panel focused on Women in the Automotive Industry. This event takes place on March 20, and advanced seat reservation is required although the event is free.

UMich has a severely limited number of public events for Women’s History Month but Wayne State University and Michigan State University have full calendars of in-person events. Wayne State has a plethora of upcoming seminars and summits. Michigan State is hosting many events as well, with a focus more on students rather than the public. Non-students are still encouraged to attend events open to the public.

Looking at Michigan with a wider lens, Governor Whitmer Proclaimed March 2024 as Women’s History Month.
“Every month, but specifically this month, we acknowledge the great women of Michigan and around the world who have paved the way for current and future generations,” said Governor Whitmer. “Women are the backbone of our great state. We have proven through hard times we can rise to the occasion and get things done. With the help of ambitious and committed women who want to see positive change, I will continue to advocate and stand on the front lines for women’s rights and equality.” Interested Michiganders are encouraged to read the full press release.
On a federal level, many online and in-person Women’s History Month events are being held. Their in-person events are being held in nationally prominent locations such as the National Archives.

“Feminism is probably the most important movement that you could embrace because it’s just basically another word for equality,” Taylor Swift told Maxim. There are many ways to celebrate Women’s History Month although uplifting female voices all year long is vital for equality.


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Ivy is a sophomore at CHS who is excited to be joining The Communicator. In her free time, she runs cross country and track for Skyline. Ivy loves walking her cat and her dog and spending time outdoors. She is passionate about wildlife conservation and growing as a writer.

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