Generations of women have proved invaluable to society and this month, you can celebrate them.
According to the Library of Congress, up until the 1970s women’s history was largely missing from general public consciousness.
In 1978, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women initiated a Women’s History Week celebration, choosing the week of March 8 in conjunction with International Women’s Day.
From there, schools began to host their own Women’s History Week programs and projects.
They also agreed to support an effort to have Congress declare a national Women’s History Week.
In 1981, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Rep. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., cosponsored the first Joint Congressional Resolution proclaiming a Women’s History Week.
In 1987, the National Women’s History Project petitioned Congress to expand the celebration to the entire month of March. Since then, the National Women’s History Month
Resolution has been approved every year with bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.
This year’s theme is “Our History is Our Strength.” The motto is as follows, “Our shared history unites families, communities and nations. Although women’s history is intertwined with the history shared with men, several factors — social, religious, economic, and biological — have worked to create a unique sphere of women’s history.”
You can find tons of cool women’s history stuff, including a gallery of “Women of Our Time,” online here.
Also, check out how scholastic blogger Morgan is “Celebrating Women’s History Month the literary way, from Katniss to Kristy.”
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