Hello, Beautiful! Happy Women’s History Month! What a perfect time to honor the amazing contributions made by women. What a perfect time to honor the amazing woman you are!

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According to the National Women’s History Museum, Women’s History Month was once only a week-long event. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued a proclamation declaring the week of March 8, 1980 as Women’s History Week. Then, in 1987, Congress passed Public Law 100-9, designating March as “Women’s History Month.”

To highlight all the amazing achievements of women in this country would turn this into the longest blog post of all time. Here are just a tiny number of impressive achievements by women throughout history:

  • Dr. Annie Webb Blanton (1870-1945) had lost her twin sister and both of her parents by the time she was just 18 years old. She went on to become the first woman elected President of the Texas State Teachers’ Association, and then the first woman elected to a public office in Texas. Blanton promoted equality for women teachers and established a system of free textbooks.
  • Mary Kate Callahan (1996- ) became a paraplegic as an infant after a virus attacked her spinal cord. She took up swimming as part of her physical therapy regimen and became hooked. In high school, Mary Kate was captain of her swim team, but the Illinois Sports Association ruled that athletes with disabilities were barred from qualifying for sectionals or state swim meets. Mary Kate and six other young women sued the state and won. As a result of this effort, Mary Kate and the other girls were the first athletes with a disability in Illinois history to compete at the state championships. Since the lawsuit, the number of athletes with disabilities has doubled in the United States.
  • Marguerite Newburgh Cole (1897-1987) was the first woman to vote in the United States after passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on August 26, 1920. Cole is quoted as saying, “I wasn’t in the suffragette category, and politics never was my cup of tea.”  
  • Mary Whiton Calkins (1863-1930) was one of the first generation of American psychologists, and in 1905, she was the first woman to become President of the American Psychological Association. In 1890, Calkins was allowed to audit seminars at Harvard University taught by William James, who was regarded as the father of American psychology. Interestingly, the male students dropped out, and Calkins was tutored individually by James! The Harvard faculty unanimously recommended that Calkins be awarded a doctorate degree, but the college refused because it did not allow women students. Despite ongoing petitioning for a posthumous degree, Harvard continues to refuse to award Calkins a doctoral degree (as of 2015).
  • Bessie Coleman (1892-1926) wanted to be a pilot, but no aviation school in the United States would admit her. Bessie, the daughter of sharecroppers, was inspired by stories of the Wright brothers. She ended up teaching herself French and moving to France, where she became the first Black woman to earn a pilot’s license, in 1921.

Ready to Celebrate Yourself?

Today, women enjoy many opportunities and freedoms fought for by our mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers. Despite this progress, women continue to fight for equality and the pursuit of their rights.

In addition to honoring the achievements of women throughout American history, this month is a time of celebration! What better way to celebrate ourselves than with an empowering boudoir photoshoot? Seeing your gorgeous boudoir images is so empowering. It’s definitely the very best gift you can give yourself to celebrate Women’s History Month! Consider the words of Oprah Winfrey: “Know what sparks the light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world.”

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