The American Association of University Women held a Women's History Month meeting February 21 at the Gridley Library hearing about the history of AAUW and how women were empowered together--AAUW continues to make changes for women and girls.
In 1987, U.S.Congress designated March as National Women's History Month and members enjoyed hearing the Ten Inventions by Women that Changed History which includes Monopoly, Fire Escape, Kevlar fiber used in over 200 items (5x's stronger than steel), submarine telescope and lamp (1864), life raft (1882), Invisible glass (camera lens), wireless transmission technology used in WWII and now wifi and bluetooth, windshield wipers (1903), paper bag machine (1888) and the Computer Language Compiler (transmits written images to a computer).
Each year, the National Women's History Project selects a theme and chooses women to honor whose lives exemplify that theme. In 2018, the National Women's History Theme was "Nevertheless She Persisted--Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination."
Featured first in the Women's History 2018 Gazette provided at the local AAUW meeting was the first female vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro. "Suffering multiple election defeats, she went on to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Geraldine Ferraro first ran for public office in 1978 and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives where she served three terms representing the 9th District of new York and twice elected Secretary of the House Democratic Caucus," the Gazette stated.
Ground-breaking Civil Rights leaders Pauli Murray and Elizabeth Peratrovich were featured next along with Angelica Salas and Cristina Jimenez Fighting For Immigrant Rights. Women Fighting for Dignity and a Better Future were featured along with From Disability Rights to Multicultural Education along with Ending Sexism and Sexual Harassment and Fighting For Women's Healthcare.
An article entitled, "Women in the Vietnam War," stated, "An estimated 11,000 American military women served in Vietnam during the war. Nearly all women serving in Vietnam were volunteers and the majority of them were nurses, most in their early 20's right out of school. The guerilla warfare of Vietnam meant that women military personnel were constantly in harm's way; many were wounded and eight American military women lost their lives in the war."
It was also noted that, "On any given night in 2016, over half a million people experienced homelessness. This figure includes 195,000 people in families with children, 75,000 people with disabilities, and 40,000 veterans.