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Women's History Month

Women's Center Group Pose

As recently as the 1970's, women's history was virtually an unknown topic in the K-12 curriculum or in general public consciousness. To address this situation, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women initiated a "Women's History Week" celebration for 1978. We chose the week of March 8 to make International Women's Day the focal point of the observance. The activities that were held met with enthusiastic response, and within a few years dozens of schools planned special programs for Women's History Week, over one-hundred community women participated in the Community Resource Women Project, an annual "Real Woman" Essay Contest drew hundreds of entries, and we were staging a marvelous annual parade and program in downtown Santa Rosa, California.

In 1987, the National Women's History Project petitioned Congress to expand the national celebration to the entire month of March. Since then, the National Women's History Month Resolution has been approved with bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. Each year, programs and activities in schools, workplaces, and communities have become more extensive as information and program ideas have been developed and shared.

Above information provided by National Women's History Project

Past Themes

March 2011 - "Our History is Our Strength"

March 2010 - "Writing Women Back Into History"

March 2009 - "Woment Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet"

March 2008 - "Women's Art: Women's Vision"

March 2007 - "Generations of Women Moving History Forward"

March 2006 - "Builders of Community & Dreams"

March 2005 - "Women Change America"