Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History month in the United States; a time when we pause to acknowledge the contributions of women throughout history and society at large. Within the past year in the US, a record number of women were elected to Congress, women’s soccer players achieved pay equity and Justice Kentanji Brown Jackson was sworn in as the first African American women on the Supreme Court. Across the globe women continue to shape history through elected office: France (Élisabeth Borne) and Italy (Giorgia Meloni) elected their first women presidents; while Peru (Dina Boluarte) and Honduras (Xiomara Castro) elected women presidents. We must also acknowledge the fact that women’s rights to body autonomy were drastically reduced, via the overturning of Roe v. Wade and other laws that were enacted as a result of the reversal. As I write this today, it’s discouraging to think that my daughter and her friends will need to continue fighting for the right to decide what is best for them and their health. On the other hand, I am encouraged by the progress other countries have made to ensure bodily autonomy for women including Columbia, Chile, Mexico and Scotland. The ebb and flow of women’s rights will continue to provide ongoing opportunities for everyone to learn more about relevant issues and find ways to support women in areas related to healthcare.

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