Rho Kappa holds events to celebrate Women’s History Month

Grayslake North has held a multitude of events, led by Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honors Society, to celebrate Women’s History Month, which happens to be the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women suffrage.

As part of the celebration, a traveling exhibit named Rightfully Hers was procured from the National Archives of Congress by Mrs. Bristow, a sponsor of Rho Kappa and U.S history teacher. The exhibit emphasizes the extensive history behind the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

 “The traveling exhibit from the National Archives chronicles the Women’s Suffrage Movement and the fight for the 19th Amendments which recognized women’s right to vote. It also features issues that were designed to limit women exercising this right and struggles that continue today,” said Rho Kappa’s sponsor Roxanne Bristow.

A portion of the display discussed how women were impactful in history besides gaining suffrage.

 “There were continued movements throughout American history including the Women’s Liberation Movement in the 1970s. There has also been an increase in representation for women in the political sphere,” said Rho Kappa’s sponsor Roxanne Bristow.

 Women have always had an impact on history, now more than ever. Rho Kappa has also created a panel on March 10 called Women in Power. At 5:30 p.m. in the library, they will be welcoming guest speakers such as Illinois State Senator Melinda Bush, Brigadier General Patricia R. Wallace, and Chief Judge Diana E. Winter. For a discussion on the 19th Amendment, breaking stereotypes, as well as advancements made.

“It’s important that we take the time to understand how successful, powerful women have achieved such profound success in their respective professions so that the next generation of girls know that they are allowed to take up space in places where boys typically dominate. We need girls to know that they can succeed in any field that they choose, and this panel goes to show just how powerful a strong woman can be,” said president of Rho Kappa Gracie Moats.