The month of March highlights and celebrates the many historic and contemporary contributions of women to society. The commemoration has its roots back to the 1800s when female factory workers in New York City staged protests over working conditions. But it wasn’t until 1987 when Congress officially established Women’s History Month.
In 2014, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation that stated, “During Women’s History Month, we recognize the victories, struggles and stories of women who have made our country what it is today.”
One of those women is Esther Eggersten Peterson. Her contribution to society has made a difference in all our lives. She started as a labor activist who rose to political heights, as she was the driving force for the National Women’s Committee on Civil Rights, and pushed for the passage of the Equal Pay Act in 1963.