Tuesday, March 27, 2012
March is National Women’s History Month
I received a call recently from a friend who inquired why I had not written anything about National Women’s History Month, which is celebrated during the month of March. I had to admit that I had been operating on all cylinders, and just had not thought about it.
So now I’m refocusing to give the topic its rightful place of honor in this column.
The first college chartered in America was Harvard University, founded in 1636 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. However, women were not able to attend college until 1833, with the foundering of Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio.
The equal opportunity to learn, taken for granted by many of us women today, owes much to Title IX of the Education Codes of the Higher Education Act. This legislation passed in 1972 and was enacted in 1977. It prohibits gender discrimination by federally funded institutions. It has become the primary tool for women’s participation in all aspects of education inclusive of scholarships, and equal access to every area and/or profession of interest.
There is much, much more that could be shared regarding the women’s suffrage movement and other important actions implemented by the women of this country in an effort to ensure that women of today are positioned to enjoy the many freedoms available. We could identify numerous critical areas that are being successfully implemented by women today in the U.S. and around the world.
We do take this time to acknowledge our past and celebrate our present and our future.
On March 19, while fishing with friends on the Cooper River, Deacon Charles Scott caught Largemouth Bass with the use of minnows. The fish weighed in at over four pounds. Scott and his fishing partners were enjoying a pleasurable day on the river in his Bumblebee Bass Boat, and the catch was a wonderful surprise.
St. Stephen Elementary
St. Stephen Elementary School invites the community to support its effort to showcase its students. The school is implementing the “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” as a part of its 21st Century Program.
The Community Leaders orientation/viewing/support session will take place on April 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Please RSVP to email@example.com or call (843) 567-2812 if you are available to participate.
Our deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of the late Nolan Johnson of Santee. Mr. Johnson, a former Berkeley Training High School teacher, passed away on March 21.
Keeping in Prayer
We continue to keep in prayer Loretta White, James Pinckney, Annie Gregg, Elizabeth Jenkins, Annie Lee Crawford, Lucretia Gadsden, Ruth Middleton, Ruth Middleton, Viola Middleton, Jerome Gourdine, Annie Wiggins, Melvin Wiggins, Dr. Hattie Martin, Ernestine G. Williams, Ernestine M. Williams, Gracie Williams, Helen K. Eaddy, the Rev. Dillon, Deacon Jackie Pinckney, and all others who are under the weather or recovering.
Items of Interest
Send items of interest to Yvonne J. Barnes, 1458 Colonel Maham Dr., Pineville, SC 29468. Call (843) 567-4182 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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