“When I started working on women’s history about thirty years ago, the field did not exist. People didn’t think that women had a history worth knowing.” —Gerda Lerner, Historian, Author and Teacher
Women’s History Month celebrates the achievements of and challenges faced by women in diverse fields such as education, education, science, civil rights, politics, literature and the military. Throughout history and present day, women have helped to shape our country and the world. Their contributions, often unrecognized, have made indelible impacts on our culture and society.
Originally recognized as Women’s History Week and celebrated the week of March 8th to coincide with International Women’s Day, the month of March was officially declared Women’s History Month by Congress in 1987. The law provided the President with the right “to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate activities and ceremonies.”1
The 2012 theme is Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment and celebrates the pioneers of education for women: “Although women now outnumber men in American colleges nationwide, the reversal of the gender gap is a very recent phenomenon. The fight to learn was a valiant struggle waged by many tenacious women—across years and across cultures—in our country.”2
How have you celebrated Women’s History Month?
Test your knowledge of women’s history by taking the Women’s History Quiz. There is no shortage of women’s accomplishments!
The following sites offer a wealth of information and interesting facts on Women’s History Month and women in leadership.
Women’s History Month: http://womenshistorymonth.gov/
The National Women’s History Project: http://www.nwhp.org/
National Women’s History Museum: http://www.nwhm.org/
Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership: http://www.guide2womenleaders.com/index.html
The White House Project: http://www.thewhitehouseproject.org/
International Women Leaders: http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2007/12/28/women-in-history.html
Opening the Way: A Women’s History Walk: http://womensenews.org/openingtheway
National Women’s Hall of Fame: http://www.greatwomen.org/
Women’s History Month: http://www.history.com/topics/womens-history-month
100 Years of Scientific Breakthroughs – by Women: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/gallery/2011/mar/09/scientific-breakthroughs-by-women#/?picture=372441185&index=0