March 1st marked the beginning of Women’s History Month! And to celebrate, I will be kicking my weekend off spending some time in the cool city of Philadelphia. Coincidentally, this will be my first experience being a tourist in the city and there happens to be a plethora of offerings, attractions and a wide variety of events to observe the important occasion.Whether your interest lay in art, literature, politics, film, history, music or pop culture, I know I will have no shortage of opportunities to celebrate throughout the City of Brotherly — and Sisterly! — Love. Find out March happenings in Philadelphia here!
To show my gratitude towards the great women of our countries history, I will be using #WorkingWomanWednesday each week to acknowledge women that I admire and respect. Not only will I be giving personal shout outs to awesome working women I will be shedding some light on the history of women and the individuals who led the way for women’s rights and suffrage.
Fast Facts: Women’s History Month (compiled from NYTimes blog)
- On Jan. 12, 1915, the United States House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote.
- On Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing American women the right to vote, was declared in effect.
- On March 4, 1933, the start of President Roosevelt’s first administration brought with it the first woman to serve in the Cabinet: Labor Secretary Frances Perkins.
- On Jan. 11, 1935, aviator Amelia Earhart began a trip from Honolulu to Oakland, Calif., becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean.
- On July 6, 1957, Althea Gibson became the first black tennis player to win a Wimbledon singles title, defeating fellow American Darlene Hard 6-3, 6-2.
- On March 22, 1972, Congress sent the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution to the states for ratification. It fell short of the three-fourths approval needed.