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A Historical Perspective of Women’s History Month

In the U.S. there are many organizations that commemorate Women’s History Month (WHM), and International Women’s Month.The IWD Campaign Theme for 2017 is #BeBoldForChange. Every year since 1996, the UN (United Nations) has designated a particular theme to celebrate women on March 8. The 2017 Theme is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. Inform yourself on how you can help to reduce the gap of gender disparity in social, economic, health, and political issues.

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Women’s History Month in the United States grew out of a week-long celebration of women’s contributions to culture, history and society organized by the school district of Sonoma, California, in 1978. Presentations were given at dozens of schools, hundreds of students participated in a “Real Woman” essay contest and a parade was held in downtown Santa Rosa.

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To coincide with Women’s History Month 2011, the White House issued a 50-year progress report on the status of women in the United States. It found that younger women are now more likely than their male counterparts to hold a college degree and that the number of men and women in the labor force has nearly equalized.

A few years later, the idea had caught on within communities, school districts and organizations across the country. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week. The U.S. Congress followed suit the next year, passing a resolution establishing a national celebration. Six years later, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the event to the entire month of March.

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