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Women’s History month began in 1978, as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, California, when the Education Task Force of Sonoma County planned a week-long event to coincide with March 8th (International Women’s Day). This event inspired other communities across the United States to plan their own Women’s History Week celebrations.
Women’s History Month was first recognized as a national celebration in 1981 when the U.S. Congress passed legislation Pub. L. 97-28 authorizing President Reagan to proclaim the week of March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” The next five years saw Congress pass joint resolutions naming a week in March as “Women’s History Week,” but in 1987, the National Women’s History Project petitioned Congress for a month-long designation. Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to annually proclaim March as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, the President has issued a series of proclamations designating March as “Women’s History Month.”
The National Women’s History Alliance selects and publicizes the yearly theme; for 2020, it is Valiant Women of the Vote, which honors “the brave women who fought to win suffrage rights for women and for the women who continue to fight for the voting rights of others.” More info...