Let’s Celebrate Women’s History Month!
Posted by egehl on March 4, 2011
Over the past few years, the Young Women Misbehavin’ blog has recognized Women’s History Month by featuring women of the past and present who misbehaved and changed the history of our country as well as created a path for future women leaders. Revisit these wonderful entries about interesting and diverse women by visiting our Women’s History Month blog category.
The beginning of Women’s History Month happening in March is actually quite recent. As recently as the 1970’s, women’s history was virtually an unknown topic in the K-12 curriculum or in 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 for 1978.
By 1986, 14 states had already declared March as Women’s History Month. This momentum and state-by-state action was used as the rational to lobby Congress to declare the entire month of March 1987 as National Women’s History Month. In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month in perpetuity. Since then a special Presidential Proclamation is issued every year which honors the extraordinary achievements of American women.
Women’s History Month events will be taking place in March nationwide so check your local newspapers and media to learn about what’s happening in your area.
BPW Foundation will be celebrating this month by recognizing International Women’s Day on March 8th, continuing our advocacy work on behalf of working women including women veterans, and continuing to engage in research and programs that help to create successful workplaces.