Empowering Women Through Education
March 1st marked the beginning of National Women’s History Month, a month-long celebration honoring the achievements of women. According to the National Women’s History Project, this year’s theme is “Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment.” With this particular focus, the organization is hoping to draw attention to the history of women’s education, and the rules put in place to prevent discrimination of women in federally funded institutions, like schools.
It is not just publicly funded colleges that began opening their doors to women in the last half century. Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female Justice at the US Supreme Court, was one of only three women in her class at Stanford Law School in the 1950s. Times have certainly changed – Catalyst.org reports that in 2010 women made up 47.2% of J.D. students.
O’Connor marvels at the progress of women over the last half century, “in my lifetime, there have been enormous changes in the standards and expectations and legal concepts we have, that affect working women.”