Women’s History Month can be inspiring to everyone because it highlights the contributions of women in history forming what is today’s society. It is celebrated in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. It corresponds to International Women’s Day which is celebrated on March 8th annually and Persons Day which is celebrated on October 18th in Canada.
International Women’s Day began in the United States in 1911. In 1978, a school district in Sonoma, California enacted a Women’s History Week around the week of March 8th. In 1979, Sarah Lawrence College had a fifteen-day conference on women’s history. The ideas shared and celebrated spread. In 1980, President Carter declared National Women’s History Week the week of March 8th. In 1981, a Joint Congressional Resolution proclaimed what had become Women’s History Week. By 1986, fourteen states had moved to declaring March Women’s History Month. In 1987, Congress officially made March Women’s History Month. Thousands of school districts and communities began to celebrate this important month within a few years.
Today, the Republican National Committee and the Democratic National Committee publically celebrate Women’s History Month. Women’s History Month is honored in March annually by state historical societies, women’s organizations, and groups like the Girl Scouts of the USA. Different annual themes support the celebration in Australia and the United States.
The popularity of Women’s History Month continues to grow and spread. Be inspired! Have a bright day!