Statement from America250 Chair Rosie Rios Recognizing Women’s History Month

Recognizing the Achievements of Women in America

Women’s History Month is a time for all of us to celebrate the incredible achievements of women across the world. Here in the U.S., it’s a chance to highlight the heroic women throughout our history who have fought for equality and blazed new trails for countless other women to follow. 

Over the years, women such as Harriett Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Elizabeth Blackwell, Wilma Mankiller, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Katherine Johnson, and Amelia Earhart have challenged the status quo and taken a stand for equal rights. In spite of the hardships they endured, these women bravely fought against oppression in an effort to build a better future for the next generation of women.

Personally, I am reminded of the great American author, bell hooks, who wrote about the importance of acknowledging the unique challenges different groups of women faced, building on the work of those who came before her and highlighting the importance of an intersectional approach to gender equality. As we take time this month to uplift women’s history, it’s important we remember and recognize the women of all backgrounds who have already, and continue to contribute to the fight for equality.

Women today continue to draw inspiration from these trailblazers in significant ways. As the Chair of the America250 Commission, I also want to extend special thanks to my fellow female commissioners – Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Representative Maria Elvira Salazar, Lynn Forney Young, and Cathy Gillespie – who’ve spent their careers fighting for a more equitable and just society for all.