During Women's History Month, The Legal Aid Society stands in solidarity with women across the nation. We are proud to join in honoring the extraordinary and transcendent contributions that women have made to our city and to the Society.
The struggle for gender equality has been a long, historical battle that is deeply rooted in the labor and progressive movement. In the 1970s, several feminist groups organized to incorporate women's history into California's school curriculum. This movement was the catalyst for several women's celebrations in schools across the country. Almost a decade later, President Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the week of March 8, 1980 as National Women's History Week. Finally, in 1987, Congress declared March as National Women's History Month. This month gives us the opportunity to celebrate the many acts of courage, strength, and resilience by women worldwide.
Every year, The Legal Aid Society recognizes Women's History Month as a time to honor the strong women in our organization who drive change in our communities every day. We will continue to advocate for all of our female clients: the mothers, young women and trans women from communities of color and poverty who experience multiple layers of oppression. We recognize that although the women's movement has made great strides, we must never stop fighting against the systems that perpetuate gender inequality, sexism, and misogyny.
We will continue to celebrate our Heritage Months in distinctive ways that honor these communities. This month we will be sending out weekly information about the amazing work we do at LAS to protect female communities.