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Celebrating Women’s History Month

Mar. 3, 2021
 
Women's History Month

To celebrate Women’s History Month, our DPS Belong Groups share their connections to this moment. DPS Belong groups are intentional spaces for DPS team members with similar backgrounds, beliefs and experiences to gather, celebrate and create community. 

From the Women of Color DPS Belong Group

Women of Color Belong GroupThe DPS Women of Color Belong group celebrates Women’s History Month and the incredible strength, courage, brilliance, and resilience that women carry within them.  We also celebrate the women whose names and stories are often forgotten, knowing that their sacrifices and lives have enriched our lives and our opportunities. 

This month the WOC Belong group encourages you to lean in and listen to women, support our causes, and amplify our accomplishments.  Women of color bring unique and powerful intersectional identities to the workplace resulting in better decision-making, greater inclusivity, and insights.  This includes centering and supporting women across our school communities.  The pandemic and economic impacts have disproportionately hurt women of color and for the first time ever, women have lost 5.4 million jobs during the pandemic-induced recession.  We must continue to center and support women in our nation through policy, advocacy, and unity.

“I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We’ve been taught that silence would save us, but it won’t.”   – Audre Lorde

 

Janet R. Damon, Ed.S, MLIS

Library Services Specialist

From the Deconstructing Privilege DPS Belong Group

Women’s History Month is an opportunity to celebrate the women who have made an impact on our history, culture and society. To recognize the efforts of those who challenged the status quo and didn’t back down. To reflect on the progress that has been made and be inspired to act for the future.

When I think about what this means on a personal level, my focus shifts to the history-makers that surround me. How can I uplift and support the women who continue the work of our historical counterparts? The women who are making a difference on a global, national, local and personal scale. For me, this list is long. From colleagues that are breaking down barriers (shoutout to Ms. Kimberly Grayson- DMLK), and friends that are making a difference (Alayna Shaw and Vanessa Notman- Colorado Youth for a Change), to national activists and leaders (Nicole Cardoza, Stacey Abrams, Amanda Gorman, Greta Thunberg, Aurora James…and so many more).

This is the sentiment that I take with me into this month and beyond; the importance of supporting the women in our lives and in our lifetime. And so, to all of the women in my life—

I celebrate you.

I support you.

I stand beside you.

 

Sam Silver

Regional Communications Specialist

What does this moment mean to you?

From the Deaf and Hard of Hearing DPS Belong Group

This month of March has real significance for me because while we are celebrating women who have made history or broke barriers in some way, I am reflecting on our unique Deaf and Hard of Hearing group which is made up of people who either have a hearing loss of their own or are helping people with hearing loss.  This unique group met recently and what fun we had getting to know each other and hearing each other’s stories.  To me, Women’s History Month is about celebrating each other and helping each other to be the best version of ourselves.   

Because of our unique group, we decided to select Juliette Low as the face of our group for March.  She had hearing loss in one ear after an ear infection was treated with silver nitrate at her insistence. And it was at her wedding where rice got lodged in her good ear; she had to cut her honeymoon short when it caused an infection. As a result she was completely deaf in one ear and had minimal hearing in the other. She used this to her advantage when starting the Girl Scouts. She was pretty amazing. She traveled the world, was friends with Rudyard Kipling and Robert Baden-Powell who started Boy Scouts, and she started Girl Scouts in America after being inspired by meeting him. She also served as a nurse during the Spanish-American War. Juliette Low embodies the spirit of adventure, bravery, empowerment and self-sufficiency.

 

Julie Naski Roman

Mild and Moderate Special Educator

Munroe Elementary School

Denver Public Schools

About Women’s History Month

Excerpt from womenshistorymonth.gov

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields.