Since 1987, March has been designated as Women’s History Month in the US. It celebrates the contributions of women throughout our history and what they have brought to culture and society.

Division Spotlights

Women Firsts

  • Nellie Tayloe Ross – 1st female governor in the US (1924)
  • Amelia Earhart – 1st woman to cross the Atlantic in an airplane (1928)
  • Katherine Graham – 1st woman to be CEO of a Fortune 500 Company (1972)
  • Janet Gutherie – 1st woman to drive in the Indy 500 (1977)
  • Sandra Day O’Connor:  1st woman appointed to US Supreme Court  (1981)
  • Sally Ride – 1st woman in space (1983)
  • Aretha Franklin – 1st woman elected to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1987)
  • Helen Hayes and Rita Moreno – 1st women to win the EGOT:  Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards (1977)
  • Dr. Antonia Novello -1st woman sworn in as US Surgeon General (1990)

Ways to Celebrate Women’s History Month

  • Join WERC – Varsity Brands’ “Women Empowering Real Change” professional development group
    • All employees are welcome to this group that is designed to engage, empower and connect women.
    • More information to come March 8th
  • Explore the history of women’s rights
  • Learn about issues that women still face today
  • Post on social media to spread awareness of Women’s History Month
  • Support a women’s nonprofit
  • Support women-owned businesses
  • Write a thank you note to a woman that inspires you
  • Watch a TED talk for women
  • Support women authors and artists
  • Watch movies directed by women and with female leads
    • Hidden Figures
    • The Hurt Locker
    • Girl Rising
    • He Named Me Malala