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March is Women's History Month
Women's History Month is a celebration and time of intentional recognition of women’s achievements and historical significance. Recognizing the achievements of women can have a huge impact on the development and confidence of girls and young women. It is hard to imagine yourself in a career when you don’t see role models that look like you in the fields you dream of contributing to.
Moreover, when women are excluded from contributing to society it has devastating effects. For example. due to a lack of women in medicine it took decades to uncover that women typically experience different symptoms for heart attacks than men (something Dr. Nanette Wenger spent much of her career researching) due to a lack of women in engineering and STEM, we did not consider how seat belts may not protect women’s bodies the same way (credited to Dr. Astrid Linder).
Since many of the achievements that women are responsible for are underrepresented and undervalued in our history books and literature, it is imperative that we spend time calling attention to what women/women have done and can still yet do to change our world!