Polly sigh

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

If we don't make the effort to celebrate the achievements of women in our collective history, believe me, those achievements will go uncelebrated. Give it a moment. Who was the first woman to run for president of the United States? (Clue: Her name isn't Hilary!) Who was the first African-American woman elected to Congress? When did officials of Little League baseball announce they would "defer to the changing social climate" and let girls play on their teams? This stuff is important!

Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet is the 2009 theme for Women's History month. This year, we encourage the recognition of the important work of women in the on-going green movement. As you look around this month, please consider recognizing women in your own community as you plan for National Women's History Month events. (Yes, you your friends, daughters, mothers, even sons and husbands and fathers can plan your own National Women's History Month events!)

The 2009 honorees include scientists, engineers, business leaders, writers, filmmakers, conservationists, teachers, community organizers, religious or workplace leaders or others whose lives show exceptional vision and leadership to save our planet. You can find a list of the national honorees at http://www.nwhp.org.

Oh, and for those among us who really want to know . . . Victoria Woodhull ran for prez in 1872; the first African-American woman elected to Congress was the Honorable Shirley Chisholm, and Little League baseball discovered that girls throw like girls and that's a good thing in 1974. Oh sigh.