The month of March is designated as Women’s History Month – a time to honor women’s contributions in American history.
The month started as Women’s History Week in 1978 in Sonoma County, California, to coincide with International Women’s Day. In 1980, several women’s groups lobbied for national recognition, resulting in President Carter issuing the first Presidential Proclamation of National Women’s History Week. In 1987, congress passed Public Law 100- designating March as Women’s History Month. Women’s History Month is important because, for many years, women weren’t acknowledged in historical materials – primarily because men wrote the majority of historical documents throughout history. This month provides an opportunity to discover the important roles that women have played throughout history.
The National Women’s History Alliance has announced the theme for 2023 is “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories,” with a spotlight on recognizing women who have been active in storytelling via all forms of media, including print, radio, TV, movies, and new and social media. Additionally, March 8, 2023, is International Women’s Day, when people around the world are called on to celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness about discrimination and take steps to advance gender equality.
Garnette Sherry | IT Business Analyst, Varsity Spirit