Written by Christina Khem
It is the 20th year that Lowell Women's Week are celebrating and recognizing women's achievements, sacrifices, and contributions in Lowell, Massachusetts. Many organizations in the community are paying attention and plan to honor and pay tribute to the many generations of women whose commitment to communities, education, the environment and numerous other parts of the world that have proved most valuable to the overall society in which we live.
The celebration takes place during March, proclaimed by a joint resolution of Congress in 1987 as Women's History Month. The origin of Women's History Month began as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress authorized and requested that the President of the United States proclaim the week starting March 7, 1982 as "Women's History Week." In 1987, Congress designated the month of March as "Women's History Month."
As we commemorate the occasion, Lowell Women's Week are hosting a ton of FREE events throughout the Lowell area, including a showing of the Suffragette film, Mothers of Rock: A Tribute to Women in Music, an evening of figure drawing with Art Student Union at UMass Lowell, and many, many more. You can view the calendar of events on the Lowell Women's Week website: here.
In the spirit of Lowell Women's Week and Women's History Month, I remind myself each day of the inspiring, pioneering women who have driven progress within the community and around the world – women who broke barriers, blazed trails and shattered glass ceilings that had prevented them from realizing their full potential.
We should all take a moment to appreciate the women in our lives who make differences, maybe not monumental ones, but consistent ones. Let’s thank our moms, our grandmothers, sisters, friends, colleagues and neighbors. Let’s make it a point to let the women of our lives know they are valued for all they do.
Last, but certainly not least, let us all come together to remember the women who set the tone before us — the ones who will carry our history long after us and those who will stand beside us now.
Bonus: I am often asked what someone can do to affect change. Here are my three recommendations on how you can honor Lowell Women's Week and Women's History Month.
1. Make a donation to Girls Incorporation of Lowell to enhance the programming the coming year that will reach more girls who are not subsidized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
2. Check out the National Women's History Project to find resources and speakers you could utilize in your community.
3. Commit and volunteer to help nonprofit organizations in your community who make a difference to women and girls. This could include the Planning and Committee of Lowell Women’s Week, or the YWCA, the local women's foundation on 97 Central St. You could become a volunteer or a donor.
In writing this blog I recalled being told many years ago that women's history and commitment to society, communities and the world is often overlooked. Remember to take time to learn and you will be making a difference just like the women in history who were making a difference.
Posted on Tue, March 1, 2016
by Christina Khem filed under