Women's History Month

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Women's History Month in USA in 2021

About Women's History Month

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Dates of Women's History Month
2022 USA Tuesday, March 1stWomen's History Month
2021 USA Monday, March 1stWomen's History Month
2020 USA Sunday, March 1stWomen's History Month
2019 USA Friday, March 1stWomen's History Month
Summary
March was chosen to be National Women's History Month in the United States, declared as such by a biennial Joint Resolution of the U.S. Congress in 1987.

Since 1910, March 8th has been observed as International Women's Day by people around the World.

That is why March was chosen to be National Women's History Month in the United States, declared as such by a biennial Joint Resolution of the U.S. Congress since 1987. The theme for 2004 is "Women Inspiring Hope and Possibility."

The idea of creating such a celebration did not spring fully developed from the minds of its Congressional sponsors. Research to recover women's "lost" stories began on college campuses in the early 1970s. But in elementary and secondary school history textbooks, the imbalance remained glaring: women were outnumbered eleven to one.

In 1978, the founders of the National Women's History Project began asking the historical question, "But what were the women doing?" And they've been sharing the answers about women's historic and contemporary contributions with the public ever since. Teachers, librarians, workplace program planners, and others have responded enthusiastically, integrating events for National Women's History Month into their March calendars.

Women's history does not rewrite history, but it does add very different perspectives about what is historically significant. Traditionally, history has focused on political, military, and economic leaders and events. That approach has virtually excluded women, both leaders and ordinary citizens, from history books. In addition to exploring the contributions of leaders in the public sphere, women's history also examines women's activities in the private sphere, and women's experiences at the crossroads where the two spheres meet and interact.

  • Did you know? The first country where women outnumbered men in parliament was Rwanda.
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