March sparks ignite for Women’s History, Music Education, Brain Injury, Nutrition and a host of other important health, education and social causes this month.
WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
Women’s History Month celebrates women and their accomplishments. Their tagline is “our history is our strength.” This year’s theme: “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.”
Throughout 2023, the National Women’s History Alliance (NWHA) will encourage recognition of women, past and present, who have been active in all forms of media and storytelling including print, radio, TV, stage, screen, blogs, podcasts, and more. The timely theme honors women in every community who have devoted their lives and talents to producing art, pursuing truth, and reflecting the human condition decade after decade.
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.
While the concept began in the 1970s, it wasn’t until 1980 when President Jimmy Carter declared a proclamation. By 1987, the advocacy efforts came to fruition when Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month in perpetuity. A special Presidential Proclamation is issued every year which honors the extraordinary achievements of American women.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: March 8th is the annual INTERNATIONAL WOMAN’S DAY — A global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Socially Sparked News will have more details on the upcoming March 8th events leading up to the Day, so stay tuned.
MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH
Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM®) is the annual celebration during March which engages music educators, students and communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools. This year’s theme is “Music is All of Us.”
This Socially Sparked® theme seems very appropriate as music is what has helped many of us through the pandemic. More importantly, music has helped students, school, and community. And, music will continue to be the thing that gets us all through the days ahead. MIOSM is organized by National Association for Music Education (NAFME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations and the only association that addresses all aspects of music education.
BRAIN INJURY AWARENESS MONTH
Brain Injury Awareness Month – The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) leads the nation in observing the month by conducting an awareness campaign in March each year. At least 3.6 million people in the U.S. sustain brain injury each year.
The theme for the 2021 to 2023 campaign is More Than My Brain Injury. Many people with disabilities have their lives defined for them. This campaign gives individuals a chance to overcome those definitions, allowing them to tell their own stories and change the narrative of their lives.
BRAIN INJURY AWARENESS DAY IS MARCH 4
The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) was founded in 1980. It is the oldest, largest and only nationwide brain injury advocacy organization in the U.S. BIAA is the voice of brain injury and provides help, hope and healing for the millions of Americans who sustain this life-altering, sometimes devastating, injury.
March sparks ignite for many other awareness initiatives this month including for Colorectal Cancer and Nutrition.
March 1st: World Zero Discrimination Day
March 2nd: Read Across America Day & Dr. Seuss Day
March 3rd: World Wildlife Day
March 4th: Brain Injury Awareness Day
March 8th: International Women’s Day
March 21st: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
March 22nd: World Water Day
There are many social and health issues and awareness initiatives that have Socially Sparked® our lives around the world. The Russian invasion on the Ukraine is still at the foremost of our minds. The continued growing unrest in the United States and Internationally on some of our most pressing issues as gun violence, cancer, equality, the environment and more underscores the importance of continuing to raise awareness and advocate for reform and permanent solutions and cures. — We are forever Socially Sparked! Happy March! Tweet us @sosparkednews & @asparks01
*This story has been updated to reflect 2023.