About Women's History Month

Women’s History Month began as a grassroots effort led by women who observed that there was a lack of education in schools about the contributions of women in history. In response to this invisibility of women’s accomplishments in the history books, women organized locally and regionally to fill the gap by providing presentations in schools and organizing community programs to raise awareness. According to the National Women’s History Project, the formal recognition of women’s historic achievements on a national level began in 1980 when President Carter proclaimed the week of March 8th as National Women’s History Week. In 1987, this celebration was expanded by Congressional Resolution to an entire month and became National Women’s History Month. Locally, the City and County Commissions have consistently proclaimed March as Women’s History Month every year since 2009. On March 8th, International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries across the globe each year.

To learn more or for great resources to celebrate National Women's History Month, please visit the National Women's History Project.