March is one of my favorite months. Not because the end of winter is near or because my Irish blood can sense the coming of St. Patrick’s Day, but because March is Women’s History Month.
While I wish we didn’t need a month to study the contributions women have made, it’s quite clear to me that we still do. Because every March, I research influential women and realize the fairer sex has done quite a lot that I didn’t learn about in my high school history classes.
Just the other day I researched Annie Jump Cannon, an astronomer who came up with the first serious attempt at classifying stars by their color temperature — a method we still use today.
Not to mention Ada Lovelace, a mathematician who worked with Charles Babbage on his Analytical Engine and essentially became the world’s first computer programmer.
A woman who’s been a hero of mine for a while, Nellie Bly, is a pioneer of immersion journalism. She pretended to be insane so she could be admitted to an asylum, and she then wrote about her experiences and exposed the deplorable conditions the country’s mentally ill often lived in.
Alice Paul was imprisoned after demanding voting rights. She led a hunger strike behind bars and was brutally force fed, but she lived to see the passage of the 19th Amendment.
I could go on, but I think you get the picture. And that is: Women are not secondary figures in history. More times than I can count, they were the founders of a new idea, a new way of thinking, a new device or theory that is still vital to an art or science today. Despite the opportunities women have lacked throughout history, so many became excellent and influential anyway.
Happy Women’s History Month.
The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts will host its Inaugural Appreciation Gala from 6:30 to 9 p.m. This is a private celebration for Art Center members, sponsors, donors and Summer of Music supporters. Interested in joining in on the fun? Become a member at the door or make a donation to one of the Center’s many causes. Be one of the first to hear the Summer of Music lineup when it’s announced at this event by executive director Christina Brusig, then celebrate the community by dancing the night away to local music by The Confluents and enjoying delicious catering by Zheng Asian Bistro.
This month’s Contra Dance at 7 p.m. is being hosted by Kelsey’s Kids, a local, grassroots non-profit. The funds raised from the $8 admission price will enable them to continue supporting children who have cancer. Music is being provided by the Wooden Nickel, and the caller is Patricia Danscen. Stop by Glenwood Springs Elementary School for a night of dancing for a cause.
Rebecca Lowe and Kuba Kawnik will perform at the next Glenwood Springs Community Concert Association show at 7 p.m. at Glenwood Springs High School. Lowe is an acclaimed Broadway vocalist, and Kawnik is a vibraphone virtuoso who also plays drums, marimba, percussion instruments, piano, guitar, violin, kalimba, flute and handsaw. Admission is by membership ticket in the association. For more information, call 970-945-8722.
Jessica Cabe would love to hear from you about your favorite women in history. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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