Johnson Attorneys Group is proud to support women and celebrate Women’s History Month.
This year’s theme recognizes women from the past and present who are active in all forms of media from print and broadcast to social media, film and on stage, according to the Women’s History Month website.
Our country first celebrated Women’s History Day on Feb. 28th, 1909 in New York City after women working in factories there protested their working conditions. Next, in 1911, it expanded to International Women’s Day. More than six decades later, President Jimmy Carter extended the holiday to a week in 1978 and later the U.S. Congress dedicated a whole month in March 1987.
Whether it’s trailblazing scientists and inventors or political leaders, musicians and artists, women have made their mark in the world by contributing a wealth of knowledge, talent and expertise and it’s a better place because of them.
First of all, we would like to take this time to recognize the contributions to story telling here in our office by our mostly-female paralegal staff.
“The contributions made by our dedicated paralegals have changed the lives of our injured clients,” said Attorney James Johnson. “They piece together the facts from each case to illustrate the victim’s impact and share their experience. Their ability to narrate a person’s story helps the courts understand the gravity of a loss and ensure a person is compensated fairly.”
Women in History Making a Difference
We would also like to honor those women throughout history who made important legal milestones, fought for equal rights and to put an end to discrimination against women.
RIGHT TO VOTE: Women living in Wyoming Territory were the first to obtain the right to vote in 1869. Over the years, women protested, lobbied and practiced civil disobedience across the nation and other states followed suit. However, it wasn’t until June 4, 1919, with the passing of the 19th Amendment, that all American women got the right to vote in 1920.
GOVERNER: Indeed, it should be no surprise that the first female state governor was Nellie Tayloe Ross, elected in 1924 in Wyoming where women were first to vote.
Furthermore, the contributions made by women to the United States over the course of American history has made it possible for many women to break glass ceilings in a variety of fields including the legal profession.
ATTORNEY GENERAL: Janet Reno became the First female Attorney General in 1993.
U.S. VICE PRESIDENT: Kamala Harris was the first V.P. in 2021 alongside President Joe Biden.
SUPREME COURT: Sandra Day O’Connor, for example, shattered the highest glass ceiling in American legal system when she became the first female Justice of the United States Supreme Court. She served from 1981 to 2006, but earned her way there after attending Stanford Law School where she was editor in chief of the Stanford Law Review. She also paved the way for other future Supreme Court justices such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Amy Coney Barrett, and Ketanji Brown Jackson. To date, only six of the 115 justices have been women and the last four are still on the bench.
Women in Science
NOBEL PRIZE: The first woman to win a Nobel Prize was Marie Skłodowska Curie. The Polish-French physicist and chemist is also the only woman to receive two Nobel prizes in 1903 and 1911. Her first was in Physics for her research on radiation phenomena. The second Nobel Prize was earned in chemistry when she discovered new elements, namely polonium and radium. She is the one who coined the term “radio-active.”
ASTRONAUTS: Geraldyn “Jerrie” Cobb was the first woman to pass astronaut testing in 1961, but her gender precluded her from traveling to space. It wasn’t until 1963, that Russian, Valentina Tereshkova, became the first woman to go to space. Later, Sally Kristen Ride, an American astronaut and physicist, became the youngest astronaut to fly in space at age 32 in 1983. She was also the first American woman and the third woman to fly in space, after Russian cosmonauts Tereshkova and Svetlana Savitskaya in 1982.
How to Celebrate Women’s History Month
- Read a book about achievements and contributions by famous women. Here’s a few we recommend: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly; Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen; My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg; The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston; A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf.
- Get support from a women’s organization: the National Association of Women Lawyers, Women in Technology International, National Association of Professional Women.
- Attend an event or exhibit such as those held at the Women’s Museum of California in San Diego.
- Watch a TED Talk by 10 prominent women
- Celebrate women artists on Tuesday, March 7th at the Getty Museum
- Attend Making HERstory – Celebrating Women in Music History on Sunday, March 12 at Campus JAX.
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