The History of Women’s History Month

The History of Womens History Month

Yazmin Martinez

Women’s History Month has taken place every year since 1987. According to the Library of Congress, Women’s History Month originated as a national celebration 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.” It wasn’t until 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project – which was founded in Santa Rosa, California  by Molly Murphy, MacGregor, Mary Ruthsdotter, Maria Cuevas, Paula Hammett, and Bette Morgan – that Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.”  Congress went on to pass additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month.

This month is dedicated to the hard and groundbreaking work of women throughout history. We can see the growth and contributions women have made, which inspires women across the globe to achieve the never before possible. Every year we see more and more women in STEM programs, in government positions and breaking the infamous glass ceiling wherever they land. 

To honor and recognize women, make sure you are familiar with the many accomplishments achieved by women and how far women have come. Share the information with family and friends. Generously donate to charities that empower or help women accomplish their goals. Attend virtual events, watch videos or read articles on women’s accomplishments. This celebration is represented by the colors purple (justice and dignity), green (hope) and white (purity). By wearing the colors, people are showing their appreciation for women and also bringing awareness to the celebration 

This year’s theme is “Valiant Women of the Vote – Refusing to Be Silenced.” 

 It encourages women to not be afraid to speak their minds, to vote or get involved in society in order to make a difference. This year, vice-president Kamala Harris, being the first woman and person of color to serve as Vice President, is getting a very special recognition. 

I would also like to highlight the women in our school such as the teachers and administrators because they are a daily reminder for the young ladies in P.A.S.E that women are capable of accomplishing their dreams