Women’s History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history. In the United States, Women’s History Month can be traced back to the first International Women’s Day in 1911 commemorating the movement for women’s rights. In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued a presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8, 1980, as National Women’s History Week. In 1987 Congress passed a resolution which designated the month of March as Women’s History Month.
State departments of education also began to encourage celebrations of Women’s History Month as a way to promote equality among women and men in the classroom. States distributed curriculum in all of their public schools, which prompted educational events such as essay contests. Within a few years, thousands of schools and communities began to celebrate of Women’s History Month.
A President’s Commission on the Celebration of Women in History in America recently sponsored hearings in many parts of the country. The Women’s Progress Commission will soon conduct hearings to promote interest in preserving areas that are relevant in American women’s history. Some of the groups promoting this interest are state historical societies, women’s organizations, and groups such as the Girl Scouts.