"Whenever women gather together failure is impossible" Susan B Anthony
Celebrate Women's History Month
The Start of Women History Month
Did you know it's Women’s History Month?
Every year, March is known to be designated as Women’s History Month by presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history. Were you aware that Women's history month started off as women history week? The celebration of women's history month began in Santa Rosa California. Women's history week was planned and executed by The Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women and became a celebration in 1978. The week of March 8th was selected to correspond with International Women’s Day. The following year the movement spreaded across the country and many communities initiated their own Women’s History Week celebrations.
In the 1980’s a group of Women and Historians led by the National Women’s History Project now known as the National Women's History Alliance successfully lobbied for national recognition. The month of February in 1980 president Jimmy Carter issued his first Presidential Proclamation declaring that the Week of March 8th 1980 would be known as the Nation Wide Women’s History Week. As stated by Jimmy Carter in his message Designating as National Women's history week March 2nd through 8th “From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions were unnoticed. But a Achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America were as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.” This is how Women history week came to be.