May Holidays 2021
May 3: World Press Freedom Day: “3 May acts as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom and is also a day of reflection among media professionals about issues of press freedom and professional ethics. Just as importantly, World Press Freedom Day is a day of support for media which are targets for the restraint, or abolition, of press freedom. It is also a day of remembrance for those journalists who lost their lives in the pursuit of a story.”
The LWVBC salutes our members whose careers were in the media.
May 4: National Teacher Appreciation Day:For over 80+ years, educational leaders and politicians debated whether a day should be established to honor the contributions of teachers, but it wouldn’t be until the 1950s that this movement began to yield some concrete results. In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded the 81st U.S Congress to proclaim a National Teacher’s Day. Unfortunately, it would take another 27 years before the day would become official, however. This happened on March 7th, 1989 when Congress declared a National Teacher Day.
Eventually, the day was moved to May and the National Parent Teacher Association managed to get the entire first week of May named Teacher Appreciation Week in 1984. The National Education Association followed the following year, and National Teacher Appreciation Day was founded on the Tuesday of the first full week of May in 1985 and every year afterward.
The LWVBC salutes our members whose careers were in education.
May 6: National Nurses Day: Celebrated annually on May 6th since 1982, National Nurses Day is a holiday that not only celebrates nurses and raises awareness about the importance of their contributions to society. This holiday kicks off National Nurses Week – a week that ends on May 12th and marks the birthday of Florence Nightingale.
National Nurses Day can be traced back to 1953 when Dorothy Sutherland, an employee at the U.S. Dept. of Health, composed a letter to President Eisenhower suggesting that a National Nurses Day be officially declared. Unfortunately, the President didn’t take up her suggestion and it was left to private citizens to begin celebrating a National Nurses Day and eventually, a National Nurses Week. Finally, in 1974, President Richard Nixon declared a National Nurse Week. This was followed by a resolution started in New Mexico in 1981 to declare the 6th of May National Recognition Day for Nurses. This proposal was heavily promoted by the American Nursing Association over the next year. Finally, in 1982, the U.S Congress declared May 6th to be National Recognition Day for Nurses and it was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. Source: https://www.holidayscalendar.com/event/national-nurses-day/
The LWVBC salutes our members whose careers were in health care.
May 17: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia: The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was created in 2004 to draw attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.
May 17th was chosen as a way to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. “The Day represents a major global annual landmark to draw the attention of decision-makers, the media, the public, corporations, opinion leaders, local authorities, etc. to the alarming situation faced by people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.”Source: https://therustintimes.com/2021/04/17/may17-announces-theme-for-2021-international-day-against-homophobia-transphobia-and-biphobia/
May 20: Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD):The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking, and learning about digital access and inclusion, and the more than one billion people with disabilities/impairments.Source: https://globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org/