There is no doubt that females are a force to be reckon with and it is only fitting we get to celebrate and honor the amazing women of our time annually in the month of March for National Women’s History Month, which was established in 1987. The celebration of Women’s History Month derived from a weeklong celebration of women’s contribution to culture, history, and society by the school district of Sonoma, California in 1978. International Women’s Day falls on March 8th annually and is celebrated in many countries around the world sponsored by the United Nations. “It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic, or political.” 1
The 2022 National Women’s History Month theme is “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope” which is a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers (like you) and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic. This is also a great time to celebrate to all the women of all cultures in history who have also contributed to providing healing and hope throughout history. Check out a few of the important women in history below that have helped promote healing and hope.
Clara is one of the most honored women nurses in American History as she was the founder of the American Red Cross. She was a visionary humanitarian that helped bring an ox cart filled with medical supplies for the wounded on both sides of the conflict during the Civil War.
Mary Eliza Mahoney
Mary Eliza was noted for becoming the first African American licensed nurse. She went into nursing because she was eager to encourage greater equality for African Americans and women. She co-founded the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses to help advocate the equality of African American nurses.
Annie Dodge Wauneka
Annie became the first woman that was elected to the Navajo tribal council, where she helped to launch public health campaigns regarding sanitary conditions, clean drinking water, alcoholism, influenza, and tuberculosis (TB).2 According to the National Women’s History Alliance, Annie successfully blended modern medicine and traditional healing practices to help combat a vicious tuberculosis epidemic and other diseases, that resulted in a decline in death rates.
Dr. Ildaura Murillo-Rohde
Dr. Murillo-Rohde specialized in psychiatric nursing and was involved in the founding of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses. She was concerned of the American Nurses’ Association not meeting the needs of Latino nurses, so she focused on helping to bring cultural awareness in nursing.
Dr. Katalin Kariko
Dr. Kariko is a biochemist and researcher who is best known for helping us get through our current pandemic. Dr. Kariko and her co-collaborator Dr. Drew Weissman, invented the modified mRNA technology that is being used in the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, which has been helping our community prevent COVID-19 infections.
Dr. Kizzmekia S Corbett
Dr. Corbett is one of the National Institutes of Health’s leading key scientist that was behind the government’s search for the COVID-19 vaccine through her viral immunology expertise. Dr. Corbett’s team helped designed the mRNA-1273 vaccine concept used in the Moderna vaccine. She also helps underserved communities as an advocator for STEM education as well as assist with spreading vaccine awareness.
Thank you to our amazing female caregivers!
As we celebrate National Women’s History Month and honor all the women who provided healing and promoted hope, we would like to thank our amazing caregivers for all you do! From our nurses, to our HHAs/PCAs, and our amazing White Glove staff you all contribute to helping our community and for that you should be proud. Thank you for being part of our White Glove team and for all you do to help those around you!