March is Women's History Month

03/01/2012 (All day) - 03/31/2012 (All day)

Before the 1970’s, the topic of women’s history was largely missing from 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 in 1978 and chose the week of March 8 to coincide with International Women’s Day.

The celebration was met with positive response, and schools began to host their own Women’s History Week programs. The next year, leaders from the California group shared their project at a Women’s History Institute at Sarah Lawrence College. Other participants not only became determined to begin their own local Women’s History Week projects but also agreed to support an effort to have Congress declare a national Women’s History Week.

In 1981, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) 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.

For more information visit the The Library of Congress site for more information about Women's History Month.


Other resources:

Disabled Women on the Web

Disabled Women's Networks

The Molly Brown House

Women Watch

Women With Disabilities: The Double Discrimination

National Women's History Project

Women's History Month - Wikipedia

Event Date: 
03/01/2012 (All day) - 03/31/2012 (All day)
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