It’s hard to believe it, but 2017 has already rolled the calendar to March! Whether or not the new month has come in like a lion or a lamb in your current locale, there is one constant when it comes to the third month of the year: it’s National Women’s History Month. If you’d like to learn more about NWHM, or see what other interesting and intriguing newsy tidbits you might have missed this week, please keep reading!
National Women’s History Month
As previously mentioned, March is National Women’s History Month, and, according to their website, this year’s theme is Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business. As is typical, women both past and present are being honored this year, including individuals such as former Secretary of Labor, Alexis Herman, Equal Pay Activist, Lilly Ledbetter, and Lucy Gonzalez Parsons, a late 19th- and early 20th-century social activist and labor organizer.
Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you! Happy Birthday to You, 1959.
March 2nd was Theodore Seuss Geisel’s (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss) birthday. The beloved and influential author and illustrator would have been 113. My favorite Seuss stories include The Sneetches, What was I Scared of? and Dr. Seuss’s ABCs. What are yours?
Bully for Brawny
Brawny (yes! the paper towel brand) unveiled its #strengthhasnogender campaign, which is apparently in its second year. To celebrate NWHM, the company is changing its red-flannel-clad trademark Brawny Man to a Brawny Woman on its packaging, plus they are featuring a host of women from various fields and backgrounds, whose videos can be viewed on their website. Additionally, Brawny is working with Girls Inc., and will be donating $75,000 “to help develop girls’ enthusiasm for STEM fields as part of its Operation SMART program.”
Mental Floss shared that LEGO was going to introduce a set of minifigures to honor NASA’s female pioneers. The Women of NASA set is to spotlight computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, mathematician and scientist Katharine Johnson (portrayed by Taraji P. Henson in Hidden Figures), astronaut and physicist Sally Ride, astronomer Nancy Grace Roman, and astronaut and physician Mae Jemison, who was the first African-American woman in space.
What other news did you find fit to print? If we overlooked something, let us know in the comment section!