As we enter into a beautiful season of spring, we also enter into a beautiful month of celebration- Women’s History Month. Women’s History Month is a time to honor the contributions that women have had in our country, and in the world. Rosa Parks, Jane Goodall and Susan B. Anthony are but a few of the countless trailblazers that come to mind when we think of the impact that women have had in the world. These women, as well as many others have paved a path of equality and hope so that all women are given the chance to be empowered.
Women’s History Month had its beginnings as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed a law which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions that requested the President to declare March of each year as Women’s History Month. Finally in 1995 on the 75th anniversary of the women’s voting act, March was officially declared as Women’s History Month.
NYAP is no exception of an organization that constantly gains and grows because of women’s contributions. The proof is all there, from the numerous women in leadership positions across our eight states, to the majority of our foster parents—many of whom are single women. For the past 40 years, these individuals have navigated a direction of promise for so many youth in foster care, and their commitment to them has been unwavering. Similar to the famous women in history, these NYAP women have paved a different path of hope for youth so that they are given the chance at a loving family, as well as empowering our staff of over 1,000 individuals through their strong and steady leadership.
The Women in NYAP show that the cycle of fighting for justice and equality is never-ending. When they themselves are given liberties, they leverage that privilege to help others in need. Women’s History Month reminds us of past heroes that fought this empowerment and celebrates women all over the nation today who work toward a more peaceful and just world.
“If you want to be a woman in power, then empower other women” –Nina Shaw