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Today is International Women’s Day and we want to wish all the women at Circa, the women in your families and among your friends, Happy Women’s Day!

March is also Women’s History Month and this year’s theme is: “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced.” Thanks to the many courageous women in history – Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Rosa Parks. RBG, and countless others – women today enjoy the rights, working conditions, and privileges that were only afforded to men in the past.

Today and the month of March is a great time for both our women and men at Circa to look back at the events in history and celebrate the achievements and contributions of women in all aspects of society.

Here are a few resources we can start with:

  1. Official Women’s History Month page: https://womenshistorymonth.gov/
  2. The PBS documentary “9-5: The Story of a Movement” https://www.pbs.org/video/9to5-the-story-of-a-movement-1ljxcl/
  3. Smithsonian’s HER Story: https://womenshistory.si.edu/book/introduction
  4. Did you know? “When Dolly Parton sang ‘9 to 5,’ she was singing about a real movement that started with a group of secretaries in the early 1970s. Their goals were simple—better pay, more advancement opportunities and an end to sexual harassment—but as seen in 9to5: The Story of a Movement, their fight that inspired a hit would change the American workplace forever.” https://www.pbs.org/video/9to5-the-story-of-a-movement-1ljxcl/

“I am not just a girl.” “I can do anything!” https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/women-history-month-video-video

HR5050 Changing Entrepreneurship for Women:

  • When did women gain the right to vote?
    • 1920
  • When did women gain the right to apply for a loan without a male co-signer vouching for them?
    • 1988

How HR 5050 Changed Entrepreneurship For Women

Before the passing of HR 5050: Women’s Business Ownership Act of 1988, women entrepreneurs required to have a male co-signer for business loans.

Learn more about H.R. 5050 here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/deborahsweeney/2018/08/21/how-hr-5050-changed-entrepreneurship-for-women/?sh=2b5c45211a55

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