March is Women’s History Month!

Each March was declared National Women’s History Week by President Jimmy Carter in 1980. A tradition that began as “Women’s History Week” in 1978. Check out the NWHM website!

Julia Zorthian, of Time.com, writes things have come to womankind surprisingly recently: The right to vote. The right to own property. And, perhaps less surprisingly, the existence of Women’s History Month.

Before women had the whole month, the U.S. recognized Women’s History Week; before that, a single International Women’s Day. Dedicating the whole month of March in honor of women’s achievements may seem irrelevant today. But at the time of the conception of Women’s History Week, activists saw the designation as a way to revise a written and social American history that had largely ignored women’s contributions.

President Jimmy Carter signs document at the White House in Washington on Feb. 28, 1980 proclaiming March 2-8 “National Womenís History Week.”

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