Women's History Month 2015
Women's History Month 2015
Women's History Month 2016
Women's History Month 2013
Women's History Month 2016
Women's History Month 2016

Celebrating all women... in the past and the present

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)

Tell us about a woman in your life

In a paragraph or two, tell us about a woman in your life (mother, sister, aunt, teacher, student, mentor etc.) who exemplifies our theme. You can submit your nominations via the link above until March 28, 2017 for an opportunity for them to be honored at our closing ceremony on March 31.


 Frances Perkins on left; Ida B. Wells-Barnett on right

On the Left: Photograph of Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins in an automobile, apparently at the White House shortly after President Roosevelt's death. By Abbie Rowe, 1905-1967, Photographer (NARA record: 8451352) (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
On the Right: Photograph of Ida B. Wells taken at the end of 19th Century.By Barnett [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons