Wildcats reflect on Women’s History Month


Olivia Lyons

Wilsonville girls varsity track poses for a selfie. They were excited to be able to compete in their first track meet!

 The month of March is nationally recognized as Women’s History Month, a 31-day dedication of attention to important roles women have played in our country’s history. Coined in 1987, Women’s History Month acknowledges the sacrifices women of the nation’s past have made for us to have the rights we do today. 

    “Personally, I like the idea of Women’s History Month because I like the positivity associated with it! It feels good to be appreciated and acknowledged for being a woman!” says Mia Rust, a senior, on her thoughts on the month of March. 

  March was coined Women’s History Month in March 1987, by Congress under President Jimmy Carter, and it acknowledges women who fought in the women’s suffrage and civil rights movements. 

  Influential women for the history of women’s rights incude Susan B Anthony, Alice Paul, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, and Ida B Wells. Each of these women were committed to the enfranchisement of women of the 60s and 70s. 

  These women fought for us to have equal pay, job opportunities, positions in work and society, and more rights for single women. 

  “Hearing that it’s Women’s History Month makes me want to consider the women of the United State’s past who have fought for civil rights, and I kind of take it as a month to acknowledge the fact that we haven’t always had the rights we do today.” said Katy Bennett, senior, on what Women’s History Month makes her think of. 

  “I took three women’s history classes, and I used to teach AP European History. In the current curriculum, the textbook includes much more about women, and I really appreciate that after teaching the curriculum for years now,” says WVHS teacher Mr. Eby. 

  It was very interesting to talk to teachers and students about their thoughts on Women’s History Month, and people mostly had positive associations with the idea.