Why do we celebrate Women’s History Month?

Happy Women’s History Month!

During the month of March, Stetson University celebrates Women’s History Month to highlight and honor the extraordinary contributions and achievements of women in history and contemporary society. According to the National Women’s History Project, women’s history was completely missing from K-12 curriculum and public knowledge in the 1970’s. To find a solution, the Education Task Force and the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women created a “Women’s History Week” in 1978. The celebration was very successful, and included special presentations and programs honoring women throughout history. In 1981, 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.” 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.” Since 1995, Presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” Purple is the international color for women.

Last Friday, March 8, women across the globe celebrated International Women’s Day with diverse activities around the #BalanceforBetter theme. Find here a few resources highlighting how Stetson University is celebrating Women’s History Month. Other resources are available at The Library of Congress, the National Women’s History Alliance, the National Women’s History Museum, and at other higher education institutions.

This history is brought to you by the Stetson Chapter of the ACE Women’s Network of Florida. The ACE Women’s Network is a national system of networks within each state with the goal of advancing and supporting women in higher education. The Network aims to develop programs that identify, develop, encourage, advance, link, and support (IDEALS) women in higher education careers.