Founded by women to empower women, The Little Market is a nonprofit, fair trade shop supporting dignified income opportunities for underserved communities, locally, nationally, and globally. Every year, we celebrate Women’s History Month during the month of March. This observance is a designated time to celebrate the accomplishments of women and those who identify as women.
HISTORY + THEME
Women’s History Month dates back to the mid-19th Century. After the movement gained support in the United States in 1981, a congressional proclamation created National Women’s History Week around March 8, International Women’s Day. A few years later in 1986, the National Women’s History Project helped create a month-long acknowledgment of women’s history, the issues women have faced on the path to equality, and women’s contributions to society. Other countries, including Canada and Australia, followed and adopted month-long events for Women’s History Month.
The National Women’s History Alliance has designated this year’s theme as “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silenced,” as many of the 2020 celebrations were postponed due to the global pandemic. 2020 marked the centennial celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, granting many women the right to vote for the first time in the United States.
FACTS + FIGURES
Based on United Nations reports, the pandemic could set women back more than two decades. This burden will fall unequally on the women who have the least amount of resources and power. We believe the events of this past year call on each of us to intensify our commitment to equity and use our voice and platform to be a catalyst for positive change. Let’s rise to the challenge.
Below we have included a few more facts and figures, showing that although progress has been made toward equality, there is much more to be done to reach a fair and equal society.
- Research has indicated that when women earn their own income, their communities thrive. They can provide more nutritious food, a higher quality of education, and improved healthcare for their children.
- More than 2 million women left the labor force in 2020 — now marking the lowest level of workforce participation since 1988. In particular, Black women and Latina women have been disproportionately affected, according to NPR.1
- Less than 50 percent of women who are of working age are currently in the labor market, a fact that has barely changed in 25 years, according to the U.N.2
- While the global COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for everyone, and men and women have experienced more unpaid domestic and care work, women are covering the majority of this work. According to the U.N., women spend approximately 3 times as many hours on this work as men do globally in the average day, with the gap widening in certain areas of the world.3
- In 2019, women were in 28 percent of managerial positions globally, which is approximately the same figure recorded decades before in 1995.4
- Although there have been great strides in more access to higher education for women, there is a gender gap in employment rates for women and men in some countries.5
INTRODUCING CONVERSATIONS WITH CHANGEMAKERS
We are excited to announce our first-ever virtual event, Conversations with Changemakers, in celebration and recognition of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day. Starting March 8th, we are bringing together activists, celebrities, and thought leaders to talk, learn, and inspire one another and you through a series of thought-provoking conversations available online to everyone, everywhere. In a moment of profound change, when a global pandemic threatens to undermine progress for women and people who identify as women and racism, sexism, and homophobia continue to flourish in too many places, these conversations highlight not only solutions, but hope.
Please see here to sign up and tune into our panels. We hope you will join us, and we look forward to our collective actions for positive change.
At The Little Market, we are committed to empowering women every day, all year long. We have rounded up a few of our favorite ways to champion women.
- Celebrate what it means to be a woman and identify as a woman.
- Listen to the stories and backgrounds of women and their experiences.
- Support women-centered initiatives and organizations actively advocating for change.
- Support women entrepreneurs and their economic independence.
- Mentor a young girl or offer tutoring lessons for her education.
- Build a supportive network of women who can uplift one another.
Thank you for joining The Little Market in our mission of women’s empowerment. Together, we can work toward a more equitable and just society for everyone, everywhere.
History.com Editors. “Women’s History Month 2021.” History.com. Updated Feb. 22, 2021. Original Dec. 30, 2009. Accessed Feb. 26, 2021. Web.
The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. “National Women’s History Month.” Britannica. Accessed Feb. 26, 2021 Web.
“Women’s History Month.” National Women’s History Museum. Accessed Feb. 26, 2021. Web.
“Facts & Figures.” United Nations. U.N. Women. Accessed Feb. 26, 2021. Web.
1“Pandemic Sets Back Women’s Progress In Workforce.” NPR. All Things Considered. Feb. 14, 2021. Accessed Feb. 26, 2021. Web.
2“Women’s job market participation stagnating at less than 50% for the past 25 years, finds UN report.” United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Oct. 20, 2020. Accessed Feb. 26, 2021. Web.
5“Women in the Workforce – Global: Quick Take.” Catalyst. Feb. 11, 2021. Accessed Feb. 26, 2021. Web.