DIVERSITY MAKES AMERICA GREAT! Photo of Rosa Parks who refused to give up her seat to ride in the back of the bus.
“No self-respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party who ignores her sex.” Quote by Susan B. Anthony
Come to the SUHI Library to check out biographies about famous women like Susan B. Anthony who fought for women to get the right to vote or current women who are making a difference like Malala. In Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai, a 15-year-old schoolgirl and campaigner for girls’ education, brought worldwide attention to the issue of discrimination and violence against women in 2012. That year, she survived a murder attempt by the Taliban, a militant Islamic group that had banned girls in her district from attending school. In 2014, Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work. Excerpt from World Book Online Women’s History Month.
According to World Book Online, Women’s History Month is an annual observance of women’s achievements and contributions to society. It is celebrated in March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, where it coincides with International Women’s Day (March 8). It is celebrated in October in Canada, where it coincides with Persons Day (October 18).
In the 1970’s, women historians in the United States increased their focus on the contributions of women throughout history. In 1978, a school district in Sonoma County, California, organized a Women’s History Week to promote the teaching of women’s history. School officials chose the week of March 8 to include International Women’s Day. That event was first celebrated in Europe in the early 1900’s. Women’s History Week was so popular that in 1981, the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution requesting the president to make the week a country-wide celebration beginning in 1982.
Over the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as Women’s History Week. In 1987, after receiving a petition from the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed a public law that designated the month of March 1987 as Women’s History Month. From 1988 to 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions authorizing the president to proclaim March of each year Women’s History Month. Since 1995, each U.S. president has issued annual proclamations to that effect.
Women’s History Month has been celebrated in March in Australia since 2000, and in the United Kingdom, since 2011. In Canada, Women’s History Month has been celebrated in October since 1992. It coincides with a commemoration of the Persons Case. The case involved a legal decision on Oct. 18, 1929, that changed the political status of Canadian women (see Famous Five).
Some other countries celebrate a similar month dedicated to women’s achievements. For example, the Philippines celebrates a Women’s Month in March. South Africa commemorates a women’s protest march that took place in August 1956 with Women’s Day on August 9 and Women’s Month in August each year.
See also Women’s movement (A new wave of women’s movements).
Melanie S. Gustafson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, University of Vermont.
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