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National Women's History Month (March)

March has been designated as Women's History Month. This celebration is the outgrowth of grassroots women's educational advocacy efforts. In 1978, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County, California Commission on the Status of Women initiated a local week long celebration, "Women's History Week." The week was chosen to coincide with International Women's Day, March 8, which was first celebrated in 1911 in Europe. Celebrations of National Women's History Week spread throughout the nation. At the request of museums, libraries, and educators across the country, the National Women's History Project petitioned Congress to expand the celebration to the entire month of March in 1987. A National Women's History Month Congressional Resolution was passed. Since 1992, a Presidential Proclamation has carried the directive for what is now a major national and international celebration.


Last updated: March 30, 2012