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National Women's History Month 2016

Announcing the 2016 Theme and 2016 Honorees

Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment

We would like to thank everyone who nominated one of the extraordinary women for consideration as a 2014 Honorees. This year’s Honorees represent a wide-range of occupations and accomplishments. We will be recognizing them as well as the women who were nominated in our 2016 Women’s History Gazette.

For a list and brief biographies of the 2016 Honorees

From:  2016 National Women's History Month 



Facts for Women's History Month

Facts For Women's History Month

suffragettes protesting

National Women’s History Month’s roots go back to March 8, 1857, when women from New York City factories staged a protest over working conditions. International Women’s Day was first observed in 1909, but it wasn’t until 1981 that Congress established National Women’s History Week to be commemorated the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month. Every year since, Congress has passed a resolution for Women’s History Month, and the president has issued a proclamation.

Population: 153.6 million

Earnings: $32,649 median annual

Voting: 65%

For more statistics dealing with volunteering, sports, jobs please check   U.S. Census.

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Celebrate Women's History Month- How?


Various women

"Women's History Month's days are among the few holidays that have remained relatively uncommercialized in the United States. No advertisements tell you what to buy, how to celebrate, or why you should do so. Yet these March commemorations reveal a great deal about the role women have played in history--as well as about how women have struggled to preserve their history" (Rosen, Ruth. "Why Women's History Month?" The Chronicle of Higher Education 46.26, 2000).

So what should you do to celebrate the month of March? Browse this guide, make comments, search Academic Search Complete, and celebrate all women around you!

Writing Women Back into History

History of National Women's History Month

By Molly Murphy MacGregor, Executive Director and Cofounder, National Women's History Project 

As recently as the 1970's, women's history was virtually an unknown topic in the K-12 curriculum or in general public consciousness. To address this situation, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women initiated a "Women's History Week" celebration for 1978....


 Women's History Month 2012

From the National Women's History Project

The overarching theme for 2010 and our 30th Anniversary celebration is Writing Women Back into History. It often seems that the history of women is written in invisible ink. Even when recognized in their own times, women are frequently left out of the history books....


Women's History Month

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society....



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