Every year during March Americans recognize Women’s History Month. It’s a time to talk about and celebrate the suffragettes and all of the “hidden figures” who never got proper credit for their work. While the lessons we learn throughout the month are always interesting, they can feel detached from the present. But in 2017, we can’t afford to be blind to the past. We live in a country that feels deeply divided ― by geography, race, class, religion, media, diet, and political worldview.
We have a president who believes he has the right to grab women by the pussy without their consent, and a vice president who believes Roe v. Wade should be “sent to the ash heap of history.” There is work to be done. And what better way to start than to learn from the women who have done it before?
Women have long been at the forefront of social movements because their lives have depended on shaping a more equitable society. Just as women were leaders in the Suffragist Movement, Abolitionist Movement, Labor Movement, Civil Rights Movement and second-wave Women’s Movement, women are leading the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as the activist swell of opposition to the Trump administration’s agenda, dubbed The Resistance.
From the rallies we attend, to the movies we watch, to the votes we cast, to the tweets we post, to the industries we shape, #WeMakeHerstory each and every day. Women ― nasty, persisting women ― are making herstory right here, right now.
Because of that, Outspeak wants to encourage everyone to join the discussion, to reflect on the importance of women’s history, and to speak up about the way forward. Throughout the month we will be focusing on content related Women’s History Month, and we are seeking video and article submissions.
If you currently have a video, or are interested in creating one related to Women’s History Month, send it to us via Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #WeMakeHerstory. Or email your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your video has the opportunity to be featured on Huffington Post’s massive social media pages, on Outspeak social media, and you have the chance to be featured in an article on HuffingtonPost.com. For an example of how these features look. Check out our recent #YourVoteYourVoice Election campaign.
Please keep the following in mind for your videos:
- Make sure you’re shooting in a well-lit, non-distracted environment.
- Keep the shots well-composed and in focus.
- Keep the video short. 1-2 minutes preferred.
- Keep the video focused on one theme. People will listen if you can speak focused and passionately.
- Take a unique approach. How is this personal to you? Why is this issue in particular something you’re passionate about?
- Do not use offensive or derogatory language. If used maliciously or recklessly, your video will not be considered for circulation.
If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com or give us a shout on Twitter.