National Women’s Month is celebrated annually in the month of March to honor women’s contributions to society. The theme for National Women’s Month 2021 is ‘Choose to Challenge.’ This theme emphasizes the need for everyone to challenge gender stereotypes and inequalities to create a more inclusive world. According to the United Nations, gender inequality is a human rights violation that keeps women from fully participating in social, economic, and political life.
Gender inequality persists around the world, including in the United States. Women in the United States earn 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, and women of color earn even less. Women are also more likely to live in poverty than men, and they are more likely to be victims of domestic violence.
Despite these challenges, women have made great progress in recent years. In 2017, women made up more than half of the U.S. workforce for the first time ever. And in 2020, a record number of women were elected to the U.S. Congress.
As we celebrate National Women’s Month, let’s commit to challenging gender stereotypes and inequalities so that we can create a more just and equitable world for all.