So much of the incredible work women have done was rarely acknowledged, let alone actually celebrated, until the early 20th Century. Women’s History Month in America started out small. In 1982 on March 7th, Women’s History Week began. In 1987 Congress passed legislation requesting and authorizing the President to declare the entire month as Women’s History Month.
March 8th is International Women’s Day. It celebrates women and their achievements throughout the world. There are many differing articles about exactly what led to the formation of International Women’s Day. Suffragettes in the 19th century were certainly pressing for recognition of women’s rights.
In 1911, some nations celebrated the first official International Women’s Day on March 19th. One million people and more attended rallies focused on suffrage, representation, education, and workers’ rights. But it wasn’t totally international. Over the next few years, more countries marked the holiday on March 8th. The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8th in the International Women’s Year, 1975.
In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8th as the UN Day for women’s rights and world peace. However, it is still not truly an International Day because as many nations celebrate International Women’s Day, there are still some that strongly oppose it, along with women’s rights and the recognition of women’s accomplishments.
March 14th, Sunday, at 2:00 a.m. Spring Ahead to Daylight Savings Time. Of course the name is just a 1 silly misnomer. We don’t actually get to save any daylight – we just move it around. Our bodies don’t usually appreciate it right away and we may often wake in the dark, but when adjusted, it is nice to have longer evenings.
March 15th is the Ides of March. Since Shakespeare wrote the play, Julius Caesar, ‘Beware the Ides of March’ has become popular, because although Caesar was warned to watch out for his life on that 15th day of March in 44BCE, he was killed by his friend Brutus and a conspiracy of men, led by Cassius.
In earlier times the Ides of March, in the Roman calendar, corresponded to several religious observances and was also considered a day to pay debts. (Interesting that the Ides of March in America comes exactly one month from the deadline to pay income taxes—Oh, my!) So the moral of the story about the Ides of March is that unless you are Caesar incarnate, you have “nothing to fear but fear itself.’” (As we remember, FDR was a proponent of that philosophy, and it still holds value today.)
March 17th Faith and Begorrah, and there’s Saint Patrick’s Day on this fine Wednesday. Don’t forget to wear green or those Leprechauns will be pinching you. You know Leprechauns can’t see green, so “Wearing the Green” keeps you from any tiny bits of black and blue you might acquire at pinch sites.
March 22nd is the Spring Equinox. One of two days of the year when All People all over this wonderful planet enjoy almost exactly the same amount of daylight and nighttime. It doesn’t matter what race, country, age, sex, political opinion, religion, economic status, physical condition, or what degree of sanity vs. insanity we have—we are all equal in light and dark.