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Sarah Beth Cloar, President, WWPR

This month, WWPR is in great company with Women’s History Month – each group marking its 40th year, applauding and remembering women and their contributions to various fields.

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed Women’s History Week in March (which soon evolved to Women’s History Month) and urged the nation to celebrate and recognize women in schools, government, and organizations across communities that week. What he said 40 years ago still rings true today:

Too often, the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But 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.”

This quote struck me because I felt like it was a textbook statement of how women in PR have been portrayed and not equally recognized in the field. Our efforts, while often a necessary part of the job, can go unnoticed. Let this be the month that we remember to make our names known as well to bring equal appreciation and leadership recognition to the important roles that we play.