Women's History Month: Paving Paths to Progress

Women's History month began in 1978 as Women's History Week, a local effort initiated by The Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women. They chose the week of March 8th to coincide with International Women's Day.

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued a proclamation declaring the week of March 8th as National Women's History Week. Women's History Week continued to be recognized until 1987, when Congress passed resolutions to proclaim March of every year as Women's History Month.

Each year, the National Women's History Alliance chooses a theme for Women's History Month, and the theme for 2022 is "Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope". As we mark the second March since the COVID-19 pandemic began, it feels appropriate to celebrate not only the overall contribution of women in American history, but also of the dedicated women in professions like healthcare, public service, and other frontline careers who have helped keep America safe, healthy, and operational over the past two years.

Career and technical education (CTE) feeds into many career clusters in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, and the demand for a skilled STEM workforce is growing nationally. Women working in STEM jobs earn, on average, 33% more than those in other fields, yet women account for only 24% of the STEM workforce. Women's under-representation in STEM fields begins early, with gender gaps in STEM interests beginning in middle school and growing throughout high school, college, and career.

At CareerSafe, we are in the business of helping students launch safe and successful careers. Part of that effort is helping address the under-representation in certain career areas by encouraging students to identify their interests and strengthen the skills needed for professions in those areas.

This Women's History Month, we encourage all women to look to those who have come before for inspiration, pick up the tools of their trades—be they scalpel, hammer, stethoscope, wrench, or blow torch—and push forward in pursuit of your professional goals and dreams, knowing that you are paving a path for generations of women to come.

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