March sparks ignite for a multitude of awareness initiatives: Women’s History Month, Nutrition, Reading, Brain Injury, Music in Our Schools and so many more. We highlight a few annual campaigns.
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
Women’s History Month celebrates women and their accomplishments. Their tagline is “writing women back into history.” This year’s theme: “Nevertheless, She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.”
Throughout 2018, The National Women’s History Project will honor 15 outstanding women that have shaped America’s history and our future. The Honorees were selected for their unrelenting and inspirational persistence in fighting all forms of discrimination against women and girls. These women refused to be silenced and their lives demonstrate the power of voice, of taking action, and of believing that meaningful and lasting change is possible in our democratic society.
THE HONOREES: This year’s 15 honorees represent women who advocate or advocated for a range of equality and social issues that include equal pay, immigration, reproductive rights, lgbtq, TITLE IX and more. 2018 Honorees include: Geraldine Ferraro (1935-2011) Politician/First Woman Major Party VP Candidate & Human Rights Activist; Pauli Murray (1910-1985) Women’s Rights/Civil Rights Activist, Attorney, Author, & Episcopal Priest; Elizabeth Peratrovich (Kaaxal-gat) (1911-1958) Political Activist for Alaska Natives, Spearheaded First Anti-Discrimination Law, USA
Margaret Dunkle Champion of Title IX* and more. For the complete list of 2018 Honorees visit http://www.nwhp.org/
While the concept began in the 1970s, it wasn’t until 1980 when President Jimmy Carter declared a proclamation. By 1987, the advocacy efforts came to fruition when Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month in perpetuity. A special Presidential Proclamation is issued every year which honors the extraordinary achievements of American women.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: March 8th is the annual INTERNATIONAL WOMAN’S DAY/strong> — A global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Socially Sparked News will have more details on the upcoming March 8th events leading up to the Day, so stay tuned.
MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH
Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM®) is the annual celebration during Marchwhich engages music educators, students and communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools.
This year’s theme is ‘Music Connects Us.” Now in it’s 33rd year, MIOSM is organized by National Association for Music Education (NAFME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations and the only association that addresses all aspects of music education.
“Every day, in classrooms and rehearsal rooms across America, music educators bring that theme to life. And we know from ongoing testimonials that those connections have a profound and positive effect on students and on entire communities,” — Michael J. Blakeslee, NAfME Executive Director and CEO
At a time when funding for the arts and school funding for arts programs looms large, advocacy initiatives like MIOSM could not be more important than now.
State music education associations are conducting their own advocacy days this spring at state capitols to support music education for all students. Ensembles are performing at their state capitols and local communities to demonstrate the importance of music education.
BRAIN INJURY AWARENESS MONTH
Brain Injury Awareness Month – The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) leads the nation in observing the month by conducting an awareness campaign in March each year.
The theme for the 2018 to 2020 campaign is Change Your Mind. This campaign provides a platform for educating the general public about the incidence of brain injury and the needs of people with brain injuries and their families. The campaign also lends itself to outreach within the brain injury community to de-stigmatize the injury, empower those who have survived, and promote the many types of support that are available.
BRAIN INJURY AWARENESS DAY IS MARCH 20
Founded in 1980, the Brain Injury Association of America is the oldest, largest and only nationwide brain injury advocacy organization in the U.S. As the voice of brain injury, BIAA provides help, hope and healing for the millions of Americans who sustain this life-altering, sometimes devastating, injury.
March 2nd: Read Across America Day & Dr. Seuss Day
March 8th: International Women’s Day
March 20th: Brain Injury Awareness Day
March 22nd: World Water Day
The growing unrest in the United States and Internationally on some of our most pressing issues as gun violence, cancer, equality, the environment and more underscores the importance of continuing to raise awareness and advocate for reform and permanent solutions and cures. While here you will find a few of the month’s annual campaigns, you can find support and advocacy efforts happening every day of the year. Enough is Never Enough!