March is Women’s History MonthBy Urban League of HR
In March of 1987, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month in perpetuity. The theme for Women’s History in the year of 2020 is “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”. Equality is the effect of treating each person without difference. The women of 2020 want to start at the line with men and be given the opportunity to show their value!
I want to take a brief historical look at a true Virginian Trailblazer, Ms. Maggie Lena Mitchell, the daughter of a former slave, went to public Schools in Richmond, Va. Mitchell became a teacher and established a newspaper before founding the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank in 1903, according to the National Park Service.
In chartering the bank and serving as its first President, Mitchell broke both gender and racial barriers.
Mitchell later served as board chairwoman when the bank merged with two other Richmond Banks, the park service reports. The resulting entity until 2009 was recognized as the nation’s oldest continually African-American-operated bank. (CNN website).
Maggie Mitchell was a trailblazer and is shining example of why we celebrate Women’s History Month.
I never want to miss the opportunity to re-emphasize the Urban League of Hampton Roads, the four pillars we provide service in each and everyday. Education, Employment, Housing and Health. The pillars bolster the importance of Women’s History Month in that women are still fighting for equal rights in these spaces and we cannot forget that!
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