The National Women’s History Theme for 2019 Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence

The 2019 theme for Women’s History Month is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence.” As the National Women’s History Alliance website explains, “This year we honor women who have led efforts to end war, violence, and injustice and pioneered the use of nonviolence to change society.”

The National Women’s History Alliance has selected 11 living and deceased honorees this year, who will be acknowledged at a ceremony in Washington, DC, on March 30. The women include Graciela Sanchez, co-founder of the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center; Deborah Tucker, president of the board of directors of the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence; Dr. E. Faye Williams, human rights activist and president/CEO of the National Congress of Black Women; Sarah Brady, the late gun control activist and champion of the Brady Bill; and Peace Pilgrim, who logged thousands of miles in her cross-country marches for peace before her death in 1981. Check out the honorees here and what they did for our nation.

Along with celebrating these 11 amazing women it’s important to celebrate this month honoring yourself and all women. Following are 15 ways to do just that:

  1. Thank a woman who inspires you. Write her a letter. Send her a message on Instagram or Facebook.
  2. Find out about badass women you didn’t hear about in history class. Here’s a great place to start.
  3. Watch a great documentary on women of history. If you haven’t already watched Iris on Netflix, it might be a good starting point. Or check out one of these inspiring documentaries.
  4. Take a new exercise class or try a new sport! If you live in the mountains go uphill skinning, it gives you a lot of time to reflect on the privileges we enjoy today thanks to women in our past. Then ponder all there still is to do while skiing back down!
  5. Give genuine compliments to as many women as you can throughout the day. We all need to see more uplifting winks and smiles!
  6. Listen to Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé’s “Feeling Myself.” Feel the music and sing your heart out!
  7. Take yourself out on an expensive date!!! Whatever would make you smile the most…an amazing dinner, a movie at the theater, or a play in the park…the list is endless!
  8. Find your own inspirational quote to keep you motivated all month long!
  9. Start mentoring a young girl. Check out the Buddy Program or your local mentoring program.
  10. Volunteer for the weekend at a local women’s shelter.
  11. Donate products for feminine needs or women’s clothing to a women’s shelter.
  12. Volunteer at your local elementary school to teach a class about National Women’s History Month.
  13. Find your creative outlet to do something for women. Start a blog, knit your favorite sweaters, write a book, whatever inspires you will inspire and bring joy to others!
  14. Take a hike with your favorite gals!!! Being out in nature is grounding and soothes the soul.
  15. Donate to your favorite organization supporting women. If you are not familiar with any organizations supporting women Project Glimmer, Equality Now, and Rainn are a good place to start learning.

As the NWHA states, women have resolved conflicts in their homes, schools, and communities. They have rejected violence as counterproductive and stressed the need to restore respect, establish justice, and reduce the causes of conflict as the surest way to peace. From legal defense and public education to direct action and civil disobedience, women have expanded the American tradition of using inclusive, democratic and active means to reduce violence, achieve peace, and promote the common good.

From women’s rights and racial justice to disarmament and gun control, the drive for nonviolent change has been championed by visionary women. These women consciously built supportive, nonviolent alternatives and loving communities as well as advocating change. They have given voice to the unrepresented and hope to victims of violence and those who dream of a peaceful world.