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HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Col. Stacy L. Yike (right), 66th Air Base Group commander, signs a proclamation declaring March as Women’s History Month at Hanscom as 1st Lt. Ishaovbua Ayeni, Women’s History Month committee president, watches. The national theme for the month’s observance is “Our History is Our Strength.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Linda LaBonte Britt)
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'Our History is Our Strength' is theme of Women's History Month

Posted 3/9/2011   Updated 3/9/2011 Email story   Print story

    


by Sarah Olaciregui
66th Air Base Group Public Affairs


3/9/2011 - HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- The month of March is celebrated as Women's History Month and this year's national theme is "Our History is Our Strength," according to the website, womenshistorymonth.gov, hosted by the Library of Congress.

Throughout the month, contributions of women throughout history will be recognized across the country. Locally, Hanscom's Women's History Month committee is gearing up to commemorate the month with special activities and events.

"Women's History Month is about acknowledging and learning from our past history and specifically celebrating the accomplishments of individuals who have helped to move society forward to allow women to fully participate in society and, in that process, allowing men greater choices, as well," said Kanna Annamalai-Brown, a member of the Women's History Month committee.

More than 30 years ago the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women realized the topic of women's history was largely missing from history, so they initiated a "Women's History Week" in 1978, according to the Women's History Month website.

Just three years later, in 1981, Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. Barbara Mikulski cosponsored the first Joint Congressional Resolution proclaiming a "Women's History Week."

In 1987, the National Women's History Project petitioned Congress to expand the celebration to the entire month of March. Since then, the National Women's History Month Resolution has been approved each year.

"I believe that it is important that a month is set aside to celebrate women's history because without the courage and creativity of the women in our past, we could never be the women that we are today or in the future," said Airman 1st Class Sarah Thomas, another Women's History Month committee member. "Recognizing the achievements of women in all facets of life - science, community, government, literature, art, sports, medicine - has a huge impact on the development of self-respect and new opportunities for girls and young women."

This year's theme aims to bring together women and men of various backgrounds to celebrate the accomplishments of women throughout history.

"Our shared history unites families, communities and nations. Although women's history is intertwined with the history shared with men, several factors - social, religious, economic, and biological - have worked to create a unique sphere of women's history," the Women's History Month website states.

The committee has planned activities, including showing the movies "Amelia," "Little Women," and "A League of Their Own," a luncheon and a field trip to the Louisa May Alcott Orchard house in Concord, Mass.

The movies will be shown during lunch on March 17, 24 and 31at the Minuteman Club. Attendees are invited to purchase lunch and watch the films for free.

On March 23 Women's History Month Luncheon will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the Minuteman Club. The event will feature Nancy Andrews, director of contracting, and Susan Luongo, the regional director of Boston Women's Network. The cost for the event will be $11 for club members and $13 for non-members.

On March 29 the committee is planning a field trip to the Louisa May Alcott Orchard House from 10 to 11 a.m. The interactive tour of the house will be a led by an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member or one of their famous friends. The cost to attend is $10.

More information about local Women's History Month activities will be available throughout the month. Anyone with questions may call 781-377-9055. For further information about national activities and commemorations, visit womenshistorymonth.gov.



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