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March Madness: Women's History Month & Disability Awareness Month

March 2, 2024


March can mean a number of things: the third month of the year, gleaming in aquamarine and bloodstone; the bringing of the vernal equinox, and the coming of spring; and the traditional symbolism rooted in the month’s connotation for fertility among plants, animals, and humans. As we process the tragedies of February, we subconsciously drift toward the promise of March. On the 8th, we celebrate the strength, empowerment, and personhood among and within women; on the 2nd, World Teen Mental Wellness Day, as well as Bisexual Health Awareness Month, National Reading Month, and awareness for health conditions such as dissociative identity disorder (DID), multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and colorectal cancer.

For the friends and family of Nex Benedict, recent murder victim for their nonbinary identity, this is a month for continued mourning, remembrance, and perhaps the beginning threads of peace. Spring break will alleviate students of their academic hardships for seven fleeting days, and then we are back to work completing another school year. But we must not move too fast and ponder too much that which we can expect from the future; there are things that can and should be done now to secure the promise we may only envision for the future we will be bestowed.

There is so much good this month; in fact, we had to make a calendar.


As we celebrate Women's History Month within MBB and throughout the world, it is important to observe the progress that has been made in the attempts for gender equality, the presence of women’s humanity, and to recognize the significant contributions of women throughout history. It also compounds as a time to celebrate the achievements of particularly symbolic women both in our modern society and those who lived previously to build the state of our recency.

There is no country in the world definitively equal on the basis of gender. Women continue to face discrimination and disparities in many areas of life, including in the workplace, in access to education and healthcare, and in the political arena, as well as being at higher risk for violence and being more likely to live in poverty than male counterparts.

Currently, women and advocating supporters are making strides in the workplace, in politics, in education, and in a variety of other fields, moving to secure a more equal and just society for all. This Women's History Month, let us take the time to celebrate the accomplishments of women and to recommit to the aspiration of gender equality.

Women's History Month Opportunities


March is also Disability Awareness Month, which is an extremely crucial portion of MBB’s identity considering we collectively advocate for equality and awareness on all fronts. It is a time to recognize and celebrate the contributions of people with disabilities and to raise awareness of the challenges they face, a large margin constituting a lack of inclusion and accessibility. As over 67 million people in the United States—and at least 25% of adults in the country—have a disability, people with disabilities represent the largest diversity group in America. While we observe the decades of inexhaustible efforts of advocacy and equity, people with disabilities continue to endure significant disadvantages concerning attainable education, health and wellbeing, fully accessible environments, employment, and wealth in comparison to their able counterparts. By recognizing and celebrating Disability Awareness Month, we hope to help create a more inclusive and equitable society for all.

Disability Awareness Month Opportunities


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