Adding new chap­ters to women’s his­tory

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

Be­hind ev­ery great man there is a great woman — or so the say­ing goes. But of course, women are also ca­pa­ble of great­ness stand­ing all on their own.

March is Women’s His­tor y Month, and this year couldn’t present a bet­ter op­por­tu­nity to pause and re­flect on the strides women have made both re­cently and his­tor­i­cally, across the United States and here in Charles County.

In 2017, the month set aside to honor women falls shortly af­ter we saw the first fe­male ma­jor party nom­i­nee for pres­i­dent. De­spite Hil­lary Clin­ton’s loss, the fact she made it as far as she did in the elec­tion re­mains a his­toric mo­ment worth cel­e­brat­ing for many Amer­i­can women and men.

The month also comes on the heels of what many tout as one of the largest sin­gle-day po­lit­i­cal demon­stra­tions in our na­tion’s his­tory: the Jan. 21 Women’s March on Wash­ing­ton, held the day af­ter Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s in­au­gu­ra­tion as a means of stand­ing against what the event’s or­ga­niz­ers re­ferred to as some of the new pres­i­dent’s anti-women and other of­fen­sive state­ments and po­si­tions. We spoke with lo­cal women who at­tended the ral­lies in our na­tion’s cap­i­tal that day; while some were there to ad­vo­cate for women’s rights, many oth­ers marched in sup­port of health care re­form, the en­vi­ron­ment, racial equal­ity and more.

With more than 500,000 in at­ten­dance in D.C., and about 5 mil­lion more march­ing in peace­ful sol­i­dar­ity in cities around the world, whether we sup­port or dis­agree with the ideals be­hind the move­ment, we must ad­mire the enor­mity of this event and re­gard it se­ri­ously among the his­tor­i­cal mo­ments made for and by women.

Women also made them­selves seen and counted at the 45th an­nual March for Life in Jan­uary.

And while women are vis­i­ble at the fore­front of na­tional pol­i­tics, at home in Charles County they will be as­sem­bling as well.

On March 18, the Charles County Cham­ber of Com­merce will host the 2017 Charles County Women’s Fair. The event — held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land La Plata Cam­pus — will in­clude speak­ers, pre­sen­ters and ex­hibitors aim­ing to ed­u­cate and up­lift to­day’s woman with pre­sen­ta­tions on reach­ing your full po­ten­tial in busi­ness, stress man­age­ment and more. At­ten­dees can also tour health and well­ness ex­hibits, take a self-de­fense class and en­joy a seated mas­sage, among other ac­tiv­i­ties. Go to­wom­ensfair.

Women in Charles County are in­spir­ing, ac­com­plished and hard­work­ing. We honor and re­spect them, in this month and al­ways, not only for the con­tri­bu­tions they make, but for the work they do for the bet­ter­ment of oth­ers in gen­eral. They are all work­ing to prove women are in­deed great, in and of them­selves.

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