An inclusive and honest history recognizes how important women have been to U.S. culture. To commemorate Women’s History Month, UNA-BC would like to highlight the accomplishments of women from various walks of life, including science, community, government, literature, art, sports, medicine, etc. Together, they have significantly influenced the development of new opportunities for girls and young women.
We take strength and inspiration from the women who came before us and work among us today. They not only represent the United States’ story but also UNA-USA.
Today, we remember the women who advocated for and continue to fight for the Equal Rights Amendment. Passed through the Senate on March 22, 1972, the Equal Rights Amendment proposed to amend the United States Constitution. It sought to ensure equal legal rights for all U.S. citizens regardless of sex, aiming to abolish legal disparities between men and women in divorce, property, employment, etc. While 30 states approved the amendment throughout the 1970s, it eventually fell short of the required 38, or three-fourths, of the states by the time set by Congress.
With the significant exception of women's suffrage, the United States Constitution does not protect gender equality because of the rejection of the Equal Rights Amendment.
To learn more about the continued fight for the Equal Rights Amendment, follow the link below:
We would also like to honor Eleanor Roosevelt and other remarkable women who have contributed to strengthening the United Nations system.
When Eleanor Roosevelt stepped down as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations General Assembly, she offered her volunteer expertise to help UNA-USA expand its national membership. From that moment, Mrs. Roosevelt traveled the country, lecturing about the United Nations importance, inspiring local leaders, and creating a network of UNA-USA chapters in communities and on college campuses. This same network, now headed by the new generation of globally engaged Americans, forms the foundation of UNA-USA’s mission today.
To learn more about the work completed by UNA-USA around the nation, please follow the link below.