Throughout history, women have faced many barriers such as not having the right to work, vote, or fight for the country they live in, being policed on their clothing and what they do with their bodies. As the centuries have passed, many courageous women have stepped forward to fight inequality allowing future generations of women to pass through without resistance. Today, women have the right to their own wages and property thanks to the monumental strides towards women’s equality because of the significant female figures in history. Multiple waves of feminism came from these moments, all pushing new boundaries of women’s equality by bringing forth radical ideas of de-sexualisation and sexual empowerment, reproductive rights, and highlighting micro-aggressions towards women.
Women’s History Month is a month-long recognition of significant women throughout history who have impacted contemporary society. Each year the celebration is themed by the National Women’s History Alliance to promote women of different cultures, races, classes, nationalities and occupations. The theme for 2021 is Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be silenced.
Over the next month, your Students’ Union will be celebrating Women’s History Month, and we want you to join in on the celebrations too. Make sure you check out our events which include a range of virtual panel talks, information sessions and more. Keep checking back here for our list of events!