Celebrating all women... in the past and the present
Inspired by women of action both in the past and today, the 2016 theme for Women's History Month is "We Can Do It!" In line with the U of M's new motto, "Driven by Doing," and symbolized by modern and diverse "Rosie the Riveters," we ask you to join us in the celebration of women who drive positive change. Help us celebrate these women and their accomplishments by participating in the many events happening during the month of March!
Congress declared March Women's History Month in 1987. The month is dedicated to celebrating women—both in history and today—who have made a difference through action. These women range from everyday heroes such as mothers and teachers to historical women such as Memphian Ida B. Wells-Barnett who worked to end segregation and racism and Frances Perkins who was the first woman to hold a position in the President's Cabinet.
Before the celebration of women's history lasted an entire month, it was only a week. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter made an address designating March 2-8 of that year Women's History Week. In his speech, he said, "As Dr. Gerda Lerner has noted, 'Women's History is Women's Right.' – It is an essential and indispensable heritage from which we can draw pride, comfort, courage, and long-range vision."
(adapted from nwhp.org)