CBM’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Council invites you to celebrate the current and historical contributions of women during the month of March. We encourage reflection and study of women’s history, specifically their history of struggle for liberation from gender-based oppression worldwide. 

International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th, 2022. This year’s theme is “Break the Bias,” and organizers encourage communities to imagine a world free from bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. International Women’s Day has its origins in labor movements and has continued to focus on calling for equal pay and economic opportunity for women, reproductive justice, and the prevention of gender-based violence. This is particularly important in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has exacerbated existing inequalities in both the public and private spheres. For example, many women have been pushed out of the workforce due to an increase in unpaid caretaking responsibilities throughout the pandemic, and this has had serious economic consequences for working women and mothers. Research has also identified a significant increase in intimate partner violence and worsening maternal health outcomes. It is clear that there is a critical need to focus on the health and wellbeing of women, particularly Black, Indigenous, and Latinx women, as we navigate this crisis and the next. 

In clinical practice, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) recognizes that sexism can function as a piece of an invalidating environment for women. DBT offers a useful framework to navigate such an environment. Balancing acceptance and change, we can honor the progress we have made while recognizing the need for large-scale change to allow women to live, work, and parent in a more just society. CBM staff is dedicated to addressing gender-based oppression and will continue to engage in conversations on gender inequity and its intersections with racial injustice and class inequality. 

If you are looking for ways to learn more about Women’s History Month, there are opportunities in Milwaukee to do so!

Women’s History Month 2022 | Milwaukee Film: “​​Milwaukee Film goes back to the past, especially the 1990s, and looks ahead to the future in its program marking Women’s History Month. Five screenings — all in person, at the Oriental Theatre — and four events are on tap during March. The movies in the program “all honor positive relationships between women and nonbinary folks, centering kinship and care in all forms,” Cara Ogburn, Milwaukee Film’s artistic director, said in a statement.” 

International Women’s Day Rally- March 6: “Join us for a rally and march in celebration of International Women’s Day! Stand in solidarity for women’s reproductive rights, working rights, economic freedom, and overall empowerment!”