The Origin of Women’s History Month

National Women’s History Month is a true sign of progress in terms of gender equality. You can trace the roots of this important declaration all the way back to 1857.

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With Black History Month coming to a close, it is now time to turn our thoughts and minds to Women’s History Month. Although March has been set aside to honor Women’s history for more than 40 years, there are many who are still in the dark about its origins. Let’s take some time to delve into this important presidential proclamation by discussing the origins, and the various ways Women’s History Month is celebrated every year.

International Women’s Day

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National Women’s History Month is a true sign of progress in terms of gender equality. You can trace the roots of this important declaration all the way back to 1857. March 8th, 1857, hailed an important time in American history when women from factories all over New York City staged a protest over working conditions. Following many more struggles and protests, the first time Women’s Day was celebrated in the US was in 1909. It would be 70 more years before National Women’s History Week was established in 1987, and another 3 years before it was turned into Women’s History Month that we celebrate today. 

The Start of Women’s History Month

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Women’s History Month actually started out as a weeklong celebration. The Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission, which is located in southern California,  planned to celebrate women in history. Their celebrations in 1978 were intended to match with International Women’s Day o March 8th. Due to the wild success of the program, many other communities hosted their own celebrations all over the country for Women’s History Week in 1979. The following year a consortium of various women’s groups, headed by the National Women’s History Alliance, lobbied Congress for national recognition. The effort was successful which led to President Jimmy Carter issuing the first Presidential Proclamation for National Women’s History Week in February of 1980.

The National Women’s History Project was launched by Maria Cuevas, Molly Murphy MacGregor, Bette Morgan, Paula Hammett, and Mary Ruthsdotter in Santa Rosa, California. The project was created in 1980, the same year Jimmy Carter signed history week into the history books. The point of the project was to catalog and share the historical achievements of women throughout history. From 1980 until 1987, each president signed a proclamation for National Women’s History Week.

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In 1987, Congress went on the enact Public Law 100-9 which declared the entire month of March as Women’s History Month. There were several more resolutions passed by congress up until 1994 in regards to Women’s History Month. The resolutions both authorized and requested each President to proclaim each March as Women’s History Month. From 1995 up until now, every American President has made the annual proclamation at the start of March each year. 

Women’s History Month Celebrations & Events

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