History helps us learn who we are, but when we don’t know our own history, our power and dreams are immediately diminished. Multicultural American women are overlooked in most mainstream approaches to U.S. history, so the National Women’s History Project champions their accomplishments and leads the drive to write women back into history. Recognizing the achievements of women in all facets of life – science, community, government, literature, art, sports, medicine – fosters and shapes the development of self-respect and new opportunities for girls and young women.
With an emphasis on positive role models and the importance of women from all backgrounds, each year the Bergen Community College Women’s History Month Committee coordinates observances of National Women’s History Month which was established by the National Women’s History Project over 30 years ago. Every year the BCC WHMC hosts a variety of workshops, panels, cultural events, and speakers that highlight women’s roles, struggles, and successes today and throughout our history.
The impact of women’s history might seem abstract to some, and less pressing than the immediate struggles of working women today. But to ignore the vital role that women’s dreams and accomplishments play in our own lives would be a great mistake. We draw strength and inspiration from those who came before us – and those remarkable women working among us today. They are part of our story, and a truly balanced and inclusive history recognizes how important women have always been in American society.
[adapted from National Women’s History Project, Writing Women Back Into History]
- National Women’s History Project: nwhp.org
- New Jersey Women’s History, Alice Paul Institute: njwomenshistory.org
- Women’s Rights National Historical Park: nps.gov/wori/index.htm
- Museum of Women’s Resistance: museumofwomensresistance.org
- National Women’s History Museum: nwhm.org
- Bergen County YWCA: ywcabergencounty.org