Five Myths about Women’s History Month

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International Women’s Day March, Los Angeles, 2017. (Molly Adams)

March is Women’s History Month—but how much do we think about women’s history?  There are no parades, few monuments, no national holidays (Mother’s Day, falling as it does on a Sunday, has never been declared a federal holiday), and little coverage in primary and secondary education.

And 2020 is a big year for women’s history: it’s the centennial of women’s suffrage in the United States. As a group, women have had the constitutional right to vote for 100 years.

In recent years, Americans have grappled with the question of whether they are ready to elect a woman president.  Delving into the varied histories of women can help us answer such a question, and that’s worth doing.  In part, the answer lies in that more subtle and powerful landscape of everyday life and in our expectations and…

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