Did you know that March is Women’s History Month?
The story of women’s history month dates itself back to 1911, when the first international Women’s Day was held. Decades later in 1979, the school district of Sonoma, California participated in a Women’s History Week, which was designated to start on March 8 during International Women’s Day. By 1981, the government responded to the growing support behind the event and Congress passed a resolution that officially recognized Women’s History Week. Schools all across the nation began to host their own celebration. However, leaders of a group in California, including Gerda Lerner shared their project at the Women’s History Institute at Sarah Lawrence College and began to push for a month long recognition of women’s histories. They planned engaging programs that discussed history and society and the momentum moved itself from local city councils to other school boards across the nation. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to the entire month of March.
The 2011 theme for Women’s History Month is “Our History is Our Strength”.
As black women, we face challenges everyday in both race and gender. Thus, it is important to applaud the work of those whose legacies have altered our own lives and opportunities. In honor of this month, our precious history as females and in order to recognize the contributions of women of color, each day we will highlight an important African-American female and her contribution to society. These stories of tenacity, courage, and hope are essential to providing role models for all.
To learn more about the national support for women’s histories, visit The National Women’s History Project.