“Providing Healing, Promoting Hope,” is both a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history.
Instead of selecting national honorees, the NWHA encourages groups throughout the country to use the theme to recognize and honor women in their own communities, organizations, or agencies. The Alliance will continue to focus on being the clearinghouse for women’s history information and will continue to network with the many organizations and independent efforts that celebrate women’s achievements and contribute to writing women back into history.
A victory as important as women winning the right to vote deserves an extended celebration. That’s why the National Women’s History Alliance is leading the drive to celebrate women’s historic achievement throughout 2021.
In recognition of the centennial of the 19th Amendment, we honor women from the original suffrage movement, as well as 20th and 21st century women, who have continued the struggle (fighting against poll taxes, literacy tests, voter roll purges, and other more contemporary forms of voter suppression) to ensure voting rights for all.
The women honored this year have led efforts to end war, violence, and injustice and pioneered the use of nonviolence to change society. These Honorees embraced the fact that the means determine the ends and so developed nonviolent methods to ensure just and peaceful results.
Nevertheless She Persisted: This phrase was born in February 2017 when Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-MA, was silenced during Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing for Attorney General. At the time, Warren was reading an opposition letter penned by Coretta Scott King (a past NWHP honoree) in 1986. Referring to the incident, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, later said “Senator Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless she persisted.” Feminists immediately adopted the phrase in hashtags and memes to refer to any strong women who refuse to be silenced. Fighting all forms of discrimination against women takes persistence. The 2018 honorees have all gotten the message to stop, either directly or indirectly, yet they have all continued to fight and succeeded in bringing positive change to the lives of diverse American women.
This year's theme 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 under appreciated and underpaid.
The 2016 theme honors 16 women who have formed America's history or are currently affecting the future through their commitment to public service and government leadership. These women leaders faced great odds, but collaborated with others to create inclusive and non-partisan solutions. The tenacity of each Honoree underlines the fact that women from all cultural backgrounds and in all levels of public service and government are essential in the continuing work of forming a more perfect union.
The 2015 theme presents honorees that weave women's stories into the fabric of our nation's history. Accounts of the lives of individual women are important because they reveal role models who share a broader view of what a woman can do. Knowing women's achievements challenges stereotypes and upends social assumptions about who women are can what they can accomplish today.
The nine women nominated to be the 2015 National Women’s History Month Honorees have contributed to the work of, "writing women back into history." Collectively, these women have co-authored or edited more than 60 books and represent the depth and breadth of the multicultural female experience.
2014 honored the extraordinary and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of women. Against social convention and often legal restraints, women have created a legacy that expands the frontiers of possibility for generations to come. They have demonstrated their character, courage and commitment as mothers, educators, institution builders, business, labor, political and community leaders, relief workers, women religious, and CEOs. Their lives and their work inspire girls and women to achieve their full potential and encourage boys and men to respect the diversity and depth of women’s experience.
The 12 women nominated to be the 2014 National Women’s History Month Honorees represent a wide range of women’s accomplishments and achievements. Each is a woman of courage, commitment and character. Included in this year’s nominees are educators, institution builders, business, labor, political and community leaders, relief workers and CEOs.