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March is Women’s History Month


March is Women’s History Month, a time to reflect on the contributions of women to American history, culture, and society. Women’s History Month originated in 1978 when a group in California planned a week-long event that coincided with International Women’s Day, which occurs on March 8th. News of the celebration spread across the country and by 1980 the National Women’s History Alliance successfully lobbied for national recognition for Women’s History Week,  and in February 1980 Jimmy Carter made National Women’s History Week official. In 1987, almost 10 years after the first unofficial Women’s History Week, Congress designated March as “Women’s History Month”.

There’s no shortage of amazing women who have changed the course of American history. Want to learn more about specific women who’ve paved the way towards gender equality?

The National Women’s History Museum is your go-to source for all Women’s History Month resources. You can find links to online exhibits and learn more about the social movements where women advocated for justice. Make sure you check out the Oral History: Voices of Great Women that features stories like astronomer Dr. Judith Pipher and pilot Emily Warner.

The Library of Congress has a special Women’s History Month website which features the Smithsonian exhibition Girlhood (It’s Complicated) that spans over 200 years and showcases over 200 objects relating to girlhood.

History.com provides information about Women’s History Month and highlights notable women in sports, arts, and science. They also feature a timeline of notable events in U.S. women’s history.  The timeline includes ladies like Jeannette Rankin who served as the first woman elected to Congress.

Whichever way you celebrate Women’s History Month, make sure you do. You may open up a world of possibilities to the young women in your life.

By: Randee Broemmel