Women's History Month

Amanda Harper

 

Pop quiz: when is Women’s History Month?

Despite the fact that it has been celebrated each year since 1987, many people are still unaware that March marks Women’s History Month in the United States. Organizations like Breaking the Bronze Ceiling and the National Women’s History Alliance are trying to raise awareness of this important celebration and the incredible achievements of women.

A short timeline of Women’s History Month:

MARCH 19, 1911

International Women’s Day celebrated by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Sweden

MARCH 8, 1914

International Women’s Day held in Germany; it is now held on March 8 in all countries

MARCH 8, 1967

International Women’s Day begins being celebrated in Europe as a day of activism

MARCH 8, 1975

The UN begins celebrating International Women’s Day as a part of International Women’s Year

FEBRUARY 1980

President Jimmy Carter issues presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8, 1980 as National Women’s History Week

1981

The first Joint Congressional Resolution is passed, proclaiming Women’s History Week, a tradition that continues for the next several years

1987

The National Women’s History Month petitions Congress to designate March 1987 as Women’s History Month; since 1988, US presidents have issued annual proclamations designating March as Women’s History Month, typically giving each year a theme; fittingly, the theme for 2020 (the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment) is Valiant Women of the Vote, honoring “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.”


Support Breaking the Bronze Ceiling in erecting a statue in downtown Lexington to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. Visit breakingthebronzeceiling.com to donate and be a part of this important movement!