March is Women’s History Month

There are numerous days and months in the calendar year that are dedicated to different causes, holidays and notable people in history. Among these is Women’s History Month, which takes place during the month of March. In the United States, this commemorative month finds its origins in 1980.

About Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month first began as “Women’s History Week”. President Jimmy Carter was the first president of the United States to place any official, national association with this event, and he declared the week of March 8, 1980 as the first “National Women’s History Week”. Moreover, Congress further legitimized the celebration of women’s history by recognizing “National Women’s History Week” in a Congressional Resolution in 1981.

The road to spreading the idea of commemorating and learning about women’s history was steady; by 1986, there were over 10 states that had already established March as Women’s History Month. This all culminated in 1987, when Congress officially declared March as National Women’s History Month.

Learning about women’s history has become integral in understanding social and cultural history as a whole. When the women’s history movement first began, there was a move towards increased women’s history education in some schools. This year’s theme for National Women’s History Month is based on women and their path toward education. In centuries past, education was only attainable for those who could afford it, and women were often excluded from this rite of passage. In today’s day and age, women have broken through the proverbial “glass ceiling” and have made monumental contributions to society through education.

If your child’s school is organizing a special event or series of events to celebrate Women’s History Month, find out how you can get involved. Perhaps you can suggest a “key women in history” dress up event, or maybe you can even get your child interested in women’s history right at home.

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