Posted by: Leah Antil, Public Affairs Section Intern
March is Women’s History Month, which honors the achievements of women throughout history. It is a chance for people all over the world to recognize female role models by drawing on their tenacity, courage, and creativity as sources of strength in the extraordinary challenges that face the world today.
In the United States, Women’s History Month began with the official recognition of March 8th as International Women’s Day in the mid 1970s. In 1981, groups united by the National Women’s History Project lobbied U.S. Congress to declare a ‘National Women’s History Week’ that included March 8th. By 1987, through presidential decree, the week became Women’s History Month, and Congress has issued a resolution for the month every year. This year, the Obama Administration released a report highlighting 50 years of progress.
International Women’s Day has a 100-year history of celebrating women throughout the world. It was originally established in 1911 and celebrated Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, and Germany, when over a million people rallied for women’s rights to vocational training and work, as well as to end job discrimination based on gender. Now, a century later, March 8th is a day to advocate for political and social awareness of women’s struggles worldwide. (more…)