March is Women's History Month, a monthlong celebration of the contributions and sacrifices women have made throughout the history of the United States—most notably, that we are here at all (hello, reproductive rights). Since the founding of this Nation women from every background, race, creed, religion, and socioeconomic status have in countless recorded
and unrecorded ways shaped the history of the United States.
From the abolition of slavery to women's suffrage, from mental health reform to the civil rights movement, women have too often been the unsung heroes, risking their own lives working to secure the rights and safety of all people.
What started as a local observance of Women's History Week in Sonoma County, California, in 1978 became National Women's History Week by presidential proclamation in 1980. Then President Jimmy Carter noted, "...the achievements, leadership, courage, strength, and love of the women who built America
was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well."
In 1986, President Ronald Regan designated March as Women's History Month,
and every president since has re-issued that proclamation.
Each year Women's History Month intersects with International Women's Day (IWD), a global observance commemorating women's social, economic, cultural, and political achievements. IWD also represents a continued call to action for accelerating gender equity worldwide. At Rebel Nell, gender equity is at the core of who we are; uplifting the marginalized and breaking down barriers is what we do. Along the way, we celebrate the women that have made it possible
for the next generation to continue the fight.
We have a particular fondness for one of those women that fought so eloquently for our rights. Our love for Eleanor Roosevelt runs deep—she is our muse. If you didn't already know, the "Nell" in our name is an homage to this incredible woman. Called Little Nell by her father, she was outspoken and tenacious and had she lived in the 21st century, we believe she would have been Rebel Nell.
Whether you are a lawyer, scientist, artist, musician, writer, chef, marathon runner, teacher, politician, activist, or football referee, take a moment to honor and celebrate the women who came before you, and if you are the first make some noise and make some room for the next generation of women to follow. As our beloved Eleanor would say, "A woman is like a tea bag—you can't tell how
strong she is until you put her in hot water."
If you want to commemorate this month with a special reminder of your strength, look at our incredible Lady Pink collaboration, specially made to celebrate IWD and all the strong women who have made history.