March is Women's History month and we are going to celebrate all month long.
It Started with International Women's Day
Back in 1908 thousands of women marched in New York City for better labor laws and the right to vote. In March of 1910 Clara Zetkin introduced International Women's Day at a conference in Copenhagen and all 100 women in attendance, representing 17 countries voted yes. The following year on March 8th, 1911 Germany, Austria, Denmark and Switzerland honored the day. Fast forward to 1975 when the United Nations officially sponsored International Women's Day on March 8th.
It Grew From A Day to A Week
In 1978 a California education task force initiated Women's History Week to encourage sharing information about women's history throughout the education system. This spread nationwide and in 1979 Molly Murphy McGregor spoke of the success at Sarah Lawrence College calling for judicial support. In 1980 President Jimmy Carter declared the week of March 8th officially National Women's History Week.
And From A Week to a Month
Momentum continued to grow and in 1986 fourteen states starting recognizing March as Women's History Month. When the National Women's History Project asked congress to declare the holiday a week became the month in 1987.
NWHP Theme for 2022
The National Women's History Project has a theme every year and this year it is, Women Providing Healing and Promoting Health. A tribute to caregivers and frontline workers who have dedicated themselves to the greater good during the Covid-19 pandemic. There are so many historical figures that we can turn to for inspiration such as Florence Nightingale, but did you know one of the leading scientists responsible for the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine is Dr. Kizzmekia S. Corbett.
This month each week we will be sharing the story of a different women for their positive impact on world or just their corner of it.
Wear purple on March 8th to show your support of Women's History Month!
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