By Kozi Arrington and Alejandro Ramos

Why is women’s History Month so important? 

The contributions of women through the years have often gone unappreciated and forgotten. Women’s History Month, which takes place every year in March, is a time for reflection, appreciation, and celebration. Women’s History Month is a time for us to recognize contributions both large and small that have changed women’s lives for the better.

In honor of this month, we want to highlight women that have left their mark on history.

Sue Lee

Sue Lee, a labor organizer in San Francisco, was this month in 1910. She led the 15-week strike against the National Dollar Stores garment factory for better wages and working conditions. 

Selma Fraiberg

Selma Fraiberg, born in 1915, pursued groundbreaking studies of infant psychiatry and normal child development. She also wrote The Magic Years, a classic translated into 10 languages.

Sally Zinman

Sally Zinman is a pioneer in the consumer and peer support movement with over 30 years of advocacy experience. She helped found the California Association of Mental Health Peer-Run Organizations, which represents consumer-run organizations in California.

Mary Ellen Copeland

Mary Ellen Copeland is the founder of the Copeland Center and the creator of the Wellness Recovery Action Plan, which we follow in our support groups.

Monica Helms

Monica Helms, a transgender activist, author, and veteran of the United States Navy was born today in 1951. She was also the creator of the Trans* Pride Flag.

Ketanji Brown Jackson

On February 25th, 2022 President Joe Biden nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to become the 116th Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Judge Jackson was born in Washington DC and grew up in Miami Florida.  She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, then attended Harvard Law School, where she graduated cum laude and was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.