NDB community celebrates Women’s History Month


The Catalyst / Notre Dame Belmont

The NDB community came together to celebrate Women’s History Month 2021.

Women’s History Month was celebrated for the entire month of March on a national scale, but was also honored here within the NDB community.

Every day of the month, the NDB administration sent school-wide emails featuring various women who have greatly impacted our world throughout history. Those featured included poet Maya Angelou, Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

“As an all women’s high school, this is a particularly exciting time to celebrate the women who have come before us and upon whose shoulders we stand,” said Director of Communications and Marketing George Retelas in an email to the NDB community. “Women continue to make tremendous strides in our country and around the world, not the least of which is the United States electing the first woman vice president to hold office.”

In addition, the administration prepared a program filled with several activities, discussions, and prayer services lasting throughout the whole month. On International Women’s Day, March 8, a school-wide prayer service was held to acknowledge the many strides and accomplishments achieved by the female sex. Also, films including “On the Basis of Sex”, “Becoming”, “Whale Rider”, and “Life and Death of Marsha P. Johnson” were shown weekly over Zoom, followed by group discussions analyzing the films.

The school also hosted Rose Jacobs Gibson, the former Mayor of East Palo Alto, who gave a talk about her involvement in local politics and her encouragement of others to make political change. According to Interim Head of School Linda Kern, Gibson’s talk was hosted “in honor of Women’s History Month and in celebration of local women leaders of color.”

Overall, the NDB community has done a lot to commemorate the national observance of Women’s History Month.