Every year in March, the National Women’s History Month Project (NWHP) coordinates observances of National Women’s History Month throughout the country. The NWHP originated this widely recognized celebration and sets the annual theme, produces educational materials, and chooses particular women to honor nationally for their work. Women’s History Month programs, community events, plays, essay contests, and related projects often have wide-ranging effects.
This year’s theme according to the National Women’s History Project is “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.”
I think what is interesting is the role of women within the life of the church. Women have often lead auxiliary and organizational groups for monetary contribution, spiritual counseling, and faith development. The Women’s Affairs department ran by none other than 1st Lady Mae shows an excellent example of women’s leadership and contribution. In 2012, Lady Mae presented West Angeles with a check for $500,000 to further position the church to reach the goal of the development of the new Family Life Center.
The church was always seen as a safe haven for blacks during the civil rights era and is the embodiment of spiritual freedom and expression, community and development, and commitment and fellowship! This month of March we will uphold the theme of innovative women and highlight trailblazers of the past who helped pave the way for our future not only in the areas of technology and science, but in the progression of family and community development.