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Every year, in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, the entire month of March is devoted to studying and learning about women from the past and present who have made an indelible mark on society in a variety of areas including technology, research, politics, economics, media, journalism, medicine, and many more. The National Women’s History month of recognition and celebration actually has its roots in the early 1900s. ‘Women’s Day’ observance was initiated in New York City in 1909 and ‘International Women’s Day’ was established and celebrated throughout Europe in 1911. The concerted effort to honor and learn about women who have influenced society in a great number of important and vital ways has both thrived and wavered throughout the 20th Century.
International Women's Day was first acknowledged in the U.S. in 1977 when the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed March 8 as the United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and World Peace. Find out more at the United Nations Women Watch site. By 1978 and 1979, there was a growing movement within the United States to increase the efforts to recognize women throughout history. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued a Presidential Proclamation that established the week of March 8 each year as ‘National Women’s History Week’. Read more at the National Women’s History Project Web site. Make sure to also visit the U.S. Government Library of Congress Women’s History Month link.
There are fabulous resources on the Web that are devoted to Women of distinction throughout history. The newspapers have all posted a variety of articles and lessons that cover a wide range of accomplishments and successes by women who have made major contributions to the world that we live in now. Start with these fabulous posts from a newspapers all over the United States:
Some would argue that the focus on women’s history should last all year and not just be over one month. However, the month of March serves as a catalyst to inspire students and in particular, girls, to aspire to greater heights and push themselves to persevere and achieve… just like so many many women before them and currently have done.