The History of Women’s History Month

Each March, Women’s History Month is celebrated in England, America, and Australia. Canada holds theirs in October, and many other celebrations take place around the world throughout the year, as a way to pay tribute to the contributions made by women to society.

The history of Women’s History can be traced back to the first International Women’s Day on March 8th 1911. However, it wasn’t until 1980 when this date was used as the basis for Women’s History Week in the United States. This continued until 1987 when theNational Women’s History Project (NWHP) led the coalition that lobbied Congress to designate a month to women’s history.

The NWHP was founded in California in 1980, by Molly MacGregor, Mary Ruthsdotter, Maria Cuevas, Paula Hammett and Bette Morgan, to broadcast women’s historical achievements…


…By 1986, 14 states had declared March as Women’s History Month, building the momentum to lobby Congress for an official declaration. The petitions of NWHP were successful, with Congress passing Pub. L. 100-9 which saw March 1987 recognised as the first official Women’s History Month.

Since 1995, Presidents have issued annual proclamations designating the month of March as Women’s History Month, and honouring the achievements of American women.

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