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 helped weave the stories of women's lives. 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."