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How Associations Are Celebrating Women Leaders

They are honoring the significant roles women have played despite adversity

Women's History Month in March is a great time to reflect on the many contributions women have made to American history—often under the radar and without the same acclaim as men. As President Jimmy Carter wrote when officially designating the first week of March as National Women's History Week in 1980, "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."

While there is a great deal to celebrate, in the year since the pandemic began women have endured significant setbacks because of the crisis. In January, another 275,000 women dropped out of the labor force, bringing the total number of women who have left the workforce since February 2020 to more than 2.3 million, according to a National Women's Law Center analysis of the latest jobs report. That leaves the female workforce participation rate at 57 percent, the lowest it has been since 1988.

However, women have consistently shown they are resilient and can face—and overcome—many challenges. Associations are highlighting strong women and their stories during this iconic month.

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