Happy Women's History Month and International Women's Day!

Ever wondered how this whole monthlong celebration came about? Read on!

1978:Women’s History Month began as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, California. The Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women planned and executed a “Women’s History Week” celebration in 1978. The organizers selected the week of March 8th to correspond with International Women’s Day.

1980: A consortium of women’s groups and historians—led by what’s now the National Women's History Alliance— lobbied for national recognition. In Feb 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th 1980 as National Women’s History Week.

1987: Congress passed Public Law 100-9, designating March as “Women’s History Month.”

1988 - 1994: Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month..

Today: Each year, the theme is selected and published by  National Women’s History Alliance. The theme for 2019 is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence.”  The theme honors "women who have led efforts to end war, violence, and injustice and pioneered the use of nonviolence to change society."

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