Did you know? March is Women’s History Month! This event originated in 1891 when Congress passed a law that authorized the week of March 7, 1982, as Women’s History Week. Since then, we have seen it grow and the entire month of March has been recognized since 1995 as Women’s History Month in the United States.
26 years later, there is a lot to celebrate! CMCP is so thankful for the women in our past, present, and future who enrich and enhance our community. This includes Sr. Eugene Marie, S.S.N.D., who nurtured Madonna Academy in its beginning years, to our current Head of School, Dr. Judith Mucheck, as well as all women on our faculty and staff. We are grateful these women have helped provide an environment where students can learn and mature into caring leaders in our society.
A few women on our campus reflected on others that have made an impact on their lives. English Department Head, Ms. Wehnes said, “I have always admired Ruth Bader Ginsburg because she fought the odds to create a significant crack in the "glass ceiling" and advance the rights of women as part of an overall human rights agenda. Also, she could plank at the age of 88!”
Tatiana P. ‘21 wanted to give thanks to her mom. She said, “One woman that has made an impact in my life is my mom. She has been by my side through thick and thin. She has given me the most important advice to not only guide me through life but make sure I make it through this stressful world we are living in.”
During the month of March, we also recognize International Women’s Day. This year, on Monday, March 8th, we will celebrate by wearing purple and participating in the #ChooseToChallenge. This challenge reminds us that we can all “Choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.” For more information, please visit www.internationalwomensday.com.
Some of our students, faculty, and staff are gearing up early! They’ve submitted their photos for the #ChooseToChallenge and are excited to share. Check out the slideshow below and watch our social media to see more commitments and celebrations.
Isabella G. ‘21 is ready for Monday. She said, “This day is important to me because it’s a day where we highlight and recognize women who have made a significant impact in history and in our daily lives. These amazing women inspire girls around the world to pursue their goals and to live their lives with strength and integrity.”
Ms. Montavlo (Science Department) is also participating. She said, “This month is a reminder of what we all know but sometimes forget. We as women should embrace and celebrate the differences that make us unique. We are beautiful in every shape, shade, and size. Embark on a journey to becoming the better version of yourself. Dream big, work hard, and don't let any labels determine your future.”
How will you choose to celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day? We hope you will join and share your experiences with us!