March 15, 1999
March is National Women's History Month -- but does that meant it's just a girl thing? Of course not! The Yak thinks it's a great time for everyone to salute the achievements of women. One great woman in history was Elizabeth "Lizzie" Stanton.Women haven't always had the same rights as men. When the United States was founded more than 200 years ago, women couldn't own property. In fact, women were considered the property of their fathers or husbands. And women couldn't vote.But in the mid-1800s, a group of women -- including Lizzie -- decided they wanted to have the same rights as men, including the right to vote.
January 10, 2010
Howard County's Commission for Women invites students, including public, private or home-schooled, in grades 6-12 to participate in its essay contest in honor of Women's History Month. This year's theme is "Writing Women Back into History." Deadline is Jan. 20. Essays should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to the Commission for Women Student Essay Contest, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 300, Columbia 21046. First-place winners will receive a $200 U.S. Savings Bond and be invited to read their essays at the Women's Hall of Fame induction ceremony on March 11 at Howard Community College.
March 8, 1994
MARCH is Women's History Month and, since statistics help form the raw material of history, the Census Bureau has summarized some pertinent data about women in the United States:Population: In 1990, there were 127.5 million women in the nation, 51 percent of the U.S. population. The women's population in 1994 is projected to be 133.4 million. Overall, women outnumbered men by 6 million in 1990.There were equal numbers of men and women aged 25 to 34. More men than women are born each year, but because men always have higher death rates during the young adult years, the ratio begins to even out.Business: The growth rate of women-owned businesses was more than four times greater than the rate for all businesses from 1982 to 1987.
March 6, 1993
When it comes to celebrating the role of women in American history, the best book to come out recently is "American Women: Their Lives in Their Words" by Doreen Rappaport (HarperTrophy paperback, $6.95, ages 12 and up).Of course, there's not much competition.March is Women's History Month, which hasn't yet sparked the glut of new books that precedes Black History Month. Publishers are beginning to fill the vacuum, however, and here's hoping that they will follow the lead of Ms. Rappaport's excellent non-fiction compilation.
March 12, 1999
IT'S HARD to believe that spring is less than two weeks away. And with spring comes rainy weather and a desire to clear the decks for the new season. Here are a few pleasant things to do while sitting out the March rainy season -- and some suggestions for getting rid of winter's accumulation of debris.March is Women's History Month and in its honor Cadette/Senior Girl Scout Troop 1617 has mounted a display at the Savage library.Come muse over interesting facts about women from the past and present, take quizzes and be enchanted by wise quotations.
March 13, 1994
The work of Irma Shanahan, an artist and member of the Harford Artists Association, will be displayed in "Women's Art Works 4," a national exhibit commemorating Women's History Month.Ms. Shanahan's work was one of 60 selected from 500 artists submitting nearly 1,500 entries.The exhibit will be on display through April 9 at the Shoestring Gallery in Rochester, N.Y. It will then move to the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca, N.Y., where it will be on view April 16 through May 7.The National Women's Hall of Fame honors and celebrates the achievements of American women.