Women’s History Month is observed every March. Although it has not always been a month-long celebration, it now takes place from March 1 through the end of the month.
Women’s History Month is a time to honor the women who have made important sacrifices and contributions to society in both the past and present.
Though the list is long, some popular historical figures who are often studied and recognized during the month of March are Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart and Maya Angelou.
Women’s History Month was not officially started until 1987, according to History.com. Although the month-long celebration did not start until later, a week-long celebration took place prior to 1987.
In 1978, a school district in Sonoma, California, started Women’s History Week. This concept was then made into a national week-long holiday by former President Jimmy Carter in 1980. The holiday took place during the week of March 8. It was not until 1987 that the week turned into a month-long celebration.
Even before the week-long celebration was established by the California school district, the holiday began as National Women’s Day. The International Women’s Day website says it was in 1908 when thousands of women got together and made their way through the streets of New York City in a march. They were fighting for women’s rights, including women’s voting rights.
The following year, in 1909, the first official National Woman’s Day was celebrated, but instead of it being in March, it was on February 28.
While women’s contributions to society are remembered year-round, there are numerous key dates with historical value that occurred in March.
On March 3, 1913, the Women’s Suffrage Parade took place in Washington, D.C., where thousands of women came together to fight for women’s rights to vote.
It was not until March 1916 that the National Woman’s Party was formed. On March 22, 1972, the Equal Rights Amendment was passed in the Senate.
Purple, green and white are all colors that represent Women’s History Month.
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