Celebrate past, look to future for women
Women’s History Month is an annual declared month highlighting contributions of women in history and contemporary society.
It is celebrated during March with International Women’s Day celebrated on March 8.
The purpose is to increase consciousness of women’s influence by remembering notable and ordinary women, in hopes the day will soon come when it is impossible to teach or learn history without acknowledging these contributions.
The Junior League of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties is one of the Capital Region’s longest-established women’s civic leadership organizations.
We have spent the past 90 years celebrating and appreciating women who helped found and propel us — including Kay Rozendaal, Helen George and Karen Johnson — while keeping an eye toward the future.
Nationally and statewide thanks to the Association of Junior Leagues International and the New York Public Affairs Committee, we are inspired by our founder Mary Harriman, original member Eleanor Roosevelt and the scores of strong women civic leaders who make lasting impacts every day.
Junior Leaguers work to better conditions for women and are proud to have advocated for the passage of legislation closing the gender pay gap, end human trafficking and increase voter access while implementing menstrual justice initiatives.
Yet there is still much work to be done.
That is why we are now focusing on antiracism and allyship initiatives and creating a curriculum identifying signs and symptoms of teen dating violence.
We cannot rest on our laurels this Women’s History Month.
Our daughters, granddaughter, nieces and goddaughters depend on us.
Denise Murphy McGraw
The writer is president of the Junior League of Schenectady & Saratoga Counties.
The writer is chairwoman of the New York State Public Affairs Committee of the Junior Leagues.
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