Why Is March National Women’s History Month?
In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women's History Month thanks to the efforts of some very powerful and brave individuals. It’s a great time to reflect on the achievements of women throughout history and continue to empower their efforts in changing the world.
Why is Women's History Month in March, anyway?
Before the entire month was dedicated to women, the U.S. recognized Women’s Day after activists pushed for recognition of women’s contributions in and out of the workplace. On the one year anniversary of the garment workers strikes where women marched for equal rights through the streets of New York, the Socialist Party organized the first Women’s Day on February 28, 1909. It quickly became recognized all over the world and is still celebrated annually today on March 8th as International Women’s Day.
Inspired by women’s efforts, a school district in Sonoma, California organized a weeklong celebration of women’s contributions to culture, history and society in 1978 through presentations and speeches. It caught on within surrounding communities and eventually all over the U.S.
In 1987, the U.S. government expanded Women’s History Week to National Women’s History Month to honor the achievements of women for an entire month.