Women’s History Month 2022
Caroline Lucretia Herschel was an early 19th-century astronomer who combined scientific curiosity with technical proficiency and perseverance in her work. She was the first woman in England to receive a salary for her work as a scientist. Writing about Herschel’s work, contemporary poet Adrienne Rich writes, “What we see, we see – and seeing is changing.” What a wonderful phrase to use to frame Women’s History Month: Seeing is changing.
March is Women’s History Month, an annual opportunity to see – that is, discover or affirm the history of half of our species that is often hidden. And by seeing, we have a chance to change the way we understand and celebrate the academic, scientific, economic, political and social achievements of women.
The theme for the 2022 Women’s History Month is “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.” An excellent focus for the month, this theme is particularly relevant for those of us in healthcare. Women have had an essential role in history of healthcare – and their aspirations to cure conditions were matched by excellence, determination and perseverance.
This month is an opportunity to honor how women have provided compassionate and effective care for women in pregnancy and childbirth, have cared for generations of infants and children, have fought against childhood diseases, sought to contain viral outbreaks, and treated the wounds of war. Women are on the frontline in understanding and treating chronic illness, investigating unexplained maladies, unravelling the mysteries of behavioral and mental health, and addressing the frailties of the aged. When women have seen a need, they have responded. This is women’s history.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank sincerely the women in our organization – as well as the women in my life including my mother, wife and daughters. As we think about our past and how it was nurtured and shaped by women, Women’s History Month invites us to have open eyes to see that past as we affirm the contributions that women have made and continue to make each day.