Women’s History Month

Women’s month is going to be celebrated in March, and in usual manner, we share some information on the Observance.

During 1911, in Europe, March 8 was first celebrated as International Women’s Day.

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In many European nations, as well as in the United States of America, women’s rights have emerged as a politically hot topic, and as result–March, Women’s month has taken on new meaning and significance.

This year in the United States of America, for women’s month there is going to be tremendous emphases on the Me-Too led ‘sexual misconduct issues’; domestic violence against women; equal pay; and fielding increased number of female candidates in mid-term electoral contests?

In the 1950s and 1960s, after Betty Friedan pointed to the “problem that has no name” — the boredom and isolation of the middle-class housewife who often gave up intellectual and professional aspirations — the women’s movement began to revive. With “women’s liberation” clamor in the 1960s, interest in women’s issues and women’s history blossomed again.

By the 1970s, there was a growing sense by many women that “history” as taught in schools— and especially in grade school and high school — was incomplete with attending to “her story” as well.

In the United States, calls for inclusion of black Americans and Native Americans helped some women to realize that women were invisible in most history courses; and so in the 1970s many universities began to include the fields of women’s history and the broader field of women’s studies.

In 1978 in California, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women began a “Women’s History Week” celebration…The week was chosen to coincide with International Women’s Day, March 8.

The response was positive. 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 determined to begin their own local Women’s History Week projects, but agreed to support an effort to have Congress declare a national Women’s History Week.

When Did Women’s History Month Start? It has not been around forever.

 The Start

According to TIME magazine, in 1980, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed that March second to March eighth would be recognized as Women’s History Week.

The National Women’s History Project had been pushing for and petitioning the idea as feminists pointed out the absence of women’s contributions in the history books. Formed in the 1970s, the National Women’s History Project’s goal was to revise the curriculum in schools in Sonoma County, California, to honor the great achievements women had made (and continue to make).

After that first week in 1980, Congress got involved to make it a nationally recognized week by law.

In 1981, Congress passed a public law, Pub. L. 97-28, that authorized and requested that the President of the United States (Ronald Reagan became president after Jimmy Carter’s term ended on Jan. 20, 1981 recognize and proclaim that the week beginning on March 7, 1982 would be Women’s History Week.

For five years, Congress continued to pass laws proclaiming a week to be recognized as Women’s History Week until 1987, when the National Women’s History Project petitioned that the entire month of March be recognized as Women’s History Month.

International Women’s Day first took place on March 8, 1911. It was celebrated across the globe and, in 1978, the United Nations sponsored the day for the first time.

The Month

Now, March is officially the month for women. The National Women’s History Project website noted that each year is given a theme; and in 2017, the theme for Women’s History Month was ‘Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business. ‘

Women’s History Month started when a group of women decided that they had had enough of “being pushed to the side to focus on the achievements and hard work of men.”

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Women’s History Month is an annually declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, corresponding with International Women’s Day on March 8; and during October in Canada, corresponding with the celebration of Persons’ Day on October 18.

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