Facts For Women's History Month
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.
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"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).
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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....
From the National Women's History Project
The theme for 2018 is Nevertheless She Persisted ending discrimination against women and girls.
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....