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Echo celebrates Women’s History Month

Staffers share reflections on gender equality issues


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Women’s History Month is an annual celebration “paying tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society,” according to the Library of Congress.

In 1987, after many years of celebrating Women’s History Week and extensive lobbying by the National Women’s History Project, Congress officially passed legislation calling for March to be Women’s History Month. Subsequent resolutions allow the President to proclaim every March as Women’s History Month.

Each year, the National Women’s History Project selects a number of women to be honored as part of its Women’s History Month celebrations. This year, Sister Mary Madonna Ashton, CSJ, a public health leader and the former Minnesota Commissioner of Health, was selected to be among the honorees.

In celebration of this month, Echo will publish a series dedicated to exploring issues related to gender equality and women’s rights. As part of this project, Echo staffers will share personal experiences and positions on a variety of subjects related to this month’s celebrations.

In addition to staffer articles, Echo strongly encourages all Park students to submit letters to the editors (Hannah Bernstein and Kaylee Chamberlain) on subjects of interest connected to this topic to be published on our website as part of the series. Any perspective on gender equality is welcome.

Students are also encouraged to tweet @slpecho using #CelebrateWomensHistory to share ideas on issues related to this series.

 

Art by Alyssa LeMay

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