Women’s History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, corresponding with International Women’s Day on March 8.
Women’s history has been long overlooked and this is an opportunity to raise awareness of women’s history, to celebrate women’s lives and achievements; which are not only inspiring, but also provide strong role models for women today
The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.
However, great improvements have been made. We do have female astronauts and prime ministers, school girls are welcomed into university, women can work and have a family, women have real choices. And so each year the world inspires women and celebrates their achievements.
Over 75% of UNISON’s membership are women and so throughout March, we will be highlighting and celebrating the important contributions made by women to our union movement and in wider society, throughout time and across the world.