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March Is Women’s History Month

March 2, 2020 in General News

Women’s History Month provides an amazing forum for the sharing of the stories of the countless contributions women have made for the betterment of this country and for the world. In this article I will share the events which led to the establishment of Women’s History Month and highlight notable women in the cannabis industry, including Bloom Medicinals CEO and co-founder, Nicole van Rensburg.

2020 Women’s History Month Theme

Every year, a theme is selected for Women’s History Month. The 2020 Women’s History Month theme is “Valiant Women of the Vote” in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, giving American women the right to vote. It honors the suffragettes who worked tirelessly until women won the right to vote and the women who are currently fighting for the voting rights of others.

History of Women’s History Month

The origins of Women’s History Month began around the beginning of the 20th C. In March, 1910, according to historians at the University of Chicago, a Second International Conference of Women was hosted by the Danish in Copenhagen.

100 women from 17 countries gathered to discuss how to further the rights of women; the push for voting rights, better working conditions and better pay for women-dominated industries. Also decided was the establishment of the first International Woman’s Day, to be celebrated on March 8, 1911.

In the late 1970s, a group of women activists decided it was time to rectify the glaring omission in history books of the many achievements and contributions that women had made to this country.

The National Women’s History Project (NWHP) was founded in 1980 in Santa Rosa, CA, by Molly Murphy MacGregor, Mary Ruthsdotter, Maria Cuevas, Paula Hammett, and Bette Morgan, to spotlight the many historical achievements of women.

Through the efforts of the NWHP, the week of March 8, 1980 was designated as National Women’s History Week. In 1987, the NWHP successfully lobbied Congress to designate March as National Women’s History Month. The organization established a yearly theme and provided educational resources and materials which celebrated honorees.

Accomplishments of the NWHP
1. Honor women of all classes, races, colors and creeds
2. Teach people about the historical role of women
3. Spread this information by way of schools, colleges, religious institutions, government offices, unions and the media
4. Created a central information center which provides materials, referrals, strategies and guides to organizations, museums and historic sites
5. Designed and produced videos, speeches, posters, program kits and school curriculaNotable Women in the Cannabis Industry

Notable Women in the Cannabis Industry

Nicole van Rensburg

Nicole is a partner, co-founder with her brother, Will Hollander, and CEO of Bloom Medicinals, based in Boca Raton, FL. She has over 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry which includes owning and operating medical practices, and diagnostic and testing facilities. She has a BS in Business Administration from Emory University and an MBA from Northwestern University.

Nicole saw firsthand how effective medical cannabis was in helping relieve the pain and suffering of thousands of patients with chronic and terminal illness. This motivated her to pursue entering the medical cannabis field.
The company prides itself on upholding its core values of creating a compassionate patient environment reflected by each unique community in which it serves. It strives to exceed the standards for operational excellence.

Dr. Sue Sisley

Dr. Sue Sisley is a physician practicing Internal Medicine and Psychiatry in Arizona. She has championed the use of medical cannabis to help combat veterans with treatment-resistant PTSD. She is the Site Principal Investigator for the only FDA-approved randomized controlled study investigating the safety and effectiveness of medical cannabis for veterans with PTSD. She started her epic journey in 2009 to win approval for her study. After years of trials and tribulations, she was finally successful.

Mara Gordon

Mara Gordon is a cannabis advocate, process engineer, researcher and consultant who co-founded the successful Aunt Zelda’s brand of cannabis products. She speaks all over the world about the benefits of the cannabis plant, consulting with medical teams about the most effective therapeutic dosing. She went on to launch Calla Spring Wellness which serves patients and Zelda Therapeutics which conducts cannabis research.

Rosie Mattio

In 2004, Rosie Mattio started MATTIO Communications, a one-woman PR firm in Seattle. Her savvy understanding of the marketing needs of cannabis brands propelled her to be ranked by Greenmarket Report as the top PR firm. Now based in New York, she was able to easily make the leap from promoting clients in technology and the food and beverage industry to the cannabis industry. Her clients include Harborside, LeafLink, Flowhub, Vangst and Green Mile. In the past year, her firm has expanded its services to include content, SEO event planning and influencer marketing.

Kristin L Jordan

Kristin Jordan is the senior counsel with Greenspoon Marder, LLP, a cannabis law practice group. She also founded Mannada, a professional event production company which serves the cannabis industry, located in NYC. Mannada produces the Cannabis Law Summit, Cannabis Media Summit, Cannabis Real Estate Summit and a weekly event newsletter, The Maze. She serves on several cannabis committees for Asian Americans.

Debra Borchardt

Debra Borchardt is the co-founder and CEO of Green Market Media (GMM) which is the New York based umbrella company for Green Market Report, the cannabis financial news site, and Green Market Summit, its conference series. Her background is in journalism and she was one of the first writers to go mainstream with regular columns about cannabis, appearing in Forbes and TheStreet. She has made numerous appearances on network TV, radio shows and podcasts.

Amanda Ostrowitz

Amanda Ostrowitz is an attorney specializing in cannabis regulations and banking law. She is the CEO and Founder of CannaRegs, a comprehensive searchable online database which provides access to all the cannabis/hemp/CBD related rules and regulations in an easy to use format. She previously worked as a bank examiner in the Denver branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

Emily Skrobecki

Emily Skrobecki is Manager of Process Engineering at SōRSE Technology, a CBD, hemp and terpene emulsifier supplier for consumer packaged goods and other food, beverage and topical manufacturers. Her goal is to improve the stability of cannabis, improve the bioavailabilty of cannabinoids and improve the consistency in dosing of cannabis products to create a safer and better tasting product. She is also the founder of CannSTEM, an organization that connects female STEM professionals in the cannabis industry.

Sources:, Fifteen Powerful and Innovative Women in Cannabis Right Now, Warren Bobrow, Aug. 27, 2019, Our History, This Is How March Became Women’s History Month, Julia Zorthian, updated March 1, 2018

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