Celebrating Women’s History Month 2021
March is Women's History Month. Please join us in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.
About Women's History Month
Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress
passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”
In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th 1980 as National Women’s History Week.
“From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well."
National Women's History Month Video
Women's History Month 2021 Theme
The theme for Women's History Month in 2021 captures the spirit of these challenging times. Since many of the women's suffrage centennial celebrations originally scheduled for 2020 were curtailed, the National Women's History Alliance is extending the annual theme for 2021 to "Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced.
Women's History Month https://womenshistorymonth.gov
Women's History Month for Teachers https://womenshistorymonth.gov/for-teachers/
National Women's History Alliance: https://nationalwomenshistoryalliance.org/2020-theme/
Credits: Special thanks to the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.