March is National Women's History Month.
National Women’s History Month was created in order to bring awareness to all women and to acknowledge the importance of their contributions from the past into the present. Dr. Alexandria Ruble said, “Even though this may be the first time some people are really hearing about Women’s History Month, whether that’s through social media or through Spring Hill College’s events, it’s important to remember that Women’s History Month has a long history dating back to the first International Women’s Day in 1911.” Since 1995, presidents have issued proclamations designating March as “Women’s History Month.” Dr. Ruble also said, “I think it is also important to recognize that Women’s History is (or should be) an inclusive history, meaning that it should be intersectional in its inclusion of race, ethnicity, indigeneity, religion, sexuality, and class.”
One issue that has made news recently is the gender wage gap between men and women in the same workforce. It has been proven that women working the same job as men, every dollar that a man makes, a woman makes eighty-two cents. For women of color, the gap is even greater at only seventy-nine cents per every dollar. Dr. Ruble said that she, as a feminist and antiracist, supports equal pay for equal work.
Dr. Ruble said that in order for equal treatment of genders, she feels as though we should have an “Equal Rights Amendment”. Dr. Ruble said, “Socialist women a century ago pressured the provisional German government to include some version of an equality clause. When they rewrote the East and West German constitutions in 1949, women urged the constitutional conventions to expand the earlier clause to read “Men and women have equal rights.” Women’s History Month will end on Wednesday, March 31.