Women’s History Month 2017 (March). Women’s History Month Theme - “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business”

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Women's History Month, in March, is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and their accomplishments throughout history and in contemporary society.

Growing out of a small-town school event in California, Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society. The United States has observed it annually throughout the month of March since 1987.

Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Businessis the theme for National Women’s History Month 2017.

The 2017 theme for National Women’s History Month honors women who have successfully challenged the role of women in both business and the paid labor force.  Women have always worked, but often their work has been undervalued and unpaid.

The 2017 Honorees represent many diverse backgrounds and each made her mark in a different field. Additionally, the Honorees’ work and influence spans three centuries of America’s history.  These women all successfully challenged the social and legal structures that have kept women’s labor underappreciated and underpaid.

Facing stark inequalities in the workplace (lower wages, poor working conditions, and limited opportunities), they fought to make the workplace a less hostile environment for women. They succeeded in expanding women’s participation in commerce and their power in the paid labor force.  As labor and business leaders and innovators they defied the social mores of their times by demonstrating women’s ability to create organizations and establish their own businesses that paved the way for better working conditions and wages for themselves and other women.

They proved that women could succeed in every field. While each Honoree is extraordinary, each is also ordinary in her own way, proving that women business and labor leaders can and should be considered the norm. Most importantly, the 2017 Honorees paved the way for generations of women labor and business leaders to follow.

 2017 National Women’s History Month Honorees

Rebecca Anderson 
(1940 - Present)
Community and Economic Development Organizer

Barbara Hackman Franklin
(1940 - Present)
Former Secretary of Commerce

Alexis Herman
(1947 - Present)
Former Secretary of Labor

Lilly Ledbetter
Equal Pay Activist

Kate Mullany
(1845 – 1906)
Organized First All-Female Labor Union

Lucy Gonzalez Parsons
(c. 1853- 1942)
Labor Organizer and Socialist Leader

Barbara “Dusty” Roads
Flight Attendant’s Union Leader

Andra Rush
Founder/ CEO, Rush Group

Nina Vaca
CEO and Chairman of Pinnacle Group

Maggie Lena Walker
(1864 – 1934)
Businesswoman and Community Banking Leader

Yvonne Walker                   
President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1000

Addie L. Wyatt
(1924 – 2012)
Labor Union Leader and Civil Rights Activist

Norma Yaeger
First woman stockbroker to be permitted on the floor 
of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

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