What Does Women’s History Month Mean to Me?

By Natasha Coleman

It’s March which means it’s Women’s History Month. It also means that as a black woman this is a 31-day span that gives a time to reflect on myself, all of the women in my life, my ancestors, women who have created paths of opportunities for me, for us, and mostly, I think about the lives and work of those women who were disruptors and unapologetic about being against the status quo.

They are and were warriors. They are sheroes. And our world is filled with them.

Women’s History Month also gives me a chance to think about how I can contribute to society as a woman. It makes me think about how I want to influence young girls to believe in themselves and grow up strong and determined because this is a world that will try to prevent women from shining and from being on top.

I am an educator and as an educator, when I think about ancestors like Sojourner Truth, Nannie Helen Burroughs, and Mary McLeod Bethune, I know Women’s History Month is also our reminder about our consistent fight for equality in our world. The wage and opportunity gaps are very real issues for women. My hope is we can continue to uplift one another and give each other the courage to keep being great. This month we celebrate women and all of the accomplishments that have been made in history.