Women’s History Month was born out of the first International Women’s Day (http://internationalwomensday.com/) which was celebrated in 1911. It began as a week-long national celebration in 1981 when Congress requested that the President proclaim the week of March 8 (International Women’s Day) as “Women’s History Week”. These annual proclamations continued for another five years, then in 1987 the National Women’s History Project petitioned Congress to designate the month of March as “Women’s History Month”. Every year since, Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued annual proclamations designating March as Women’s History Month. Here is President Obama’s Proclamation for 2012.
The National Women’s History Project (http://www.nwhp.org/aboutnwhp/index.php), founded over 30 years ago, has established itself as the go-to resource for information about the roles of women in American history. They recognize the achievements of all women and strive to provide great emphasis on this country’s positive role models.
Want to read about celebrated American women? Here is an exhaustive biography of all of the women who have been honored during past Women’s History Months.
Take a moment to honor the women making history in your life, attend an International Women’s Day or Women’s History Month event or visit a museum where you can really get a sense of who these women were/are and learn about their contributions to our history.
“The impact of women’s history might seem abstract to some, and less pressing than the immediate struggles of working women today. But to ignore the vital role that women’s dreams and accomplishments play in our own lives would be a great mistake. We draw strength and inspiration from those who came before us – and those remarkable women working among us today. They are part of our story, and a truly balanced and inclusive history recognizes how important women have always been in American society.” (from the National Women’s History Project website)
~ Julie Morris ~