How March Became Women's History Month
Posted on 07 March 2017
This March, to celebrate Women’s History Month, we will be releasing a new blog every week. Our pieces will highlight some of the most amazing contributions, and lesser known fascinating facts, about famous female historical figures. The topics will include everything from famous firsts, to sports and cultural accomplishments. To get things started, we’d like to present to you the historical backdrop for how Women’s History Month came to be.
Up until the 1970’s, women’s history was a subject that was barely touched upon in public education, or in public consciousness for that matter. While March 8 was designated as International Women’s Day, it took presidential intervention for March to become Women’s History Month.
The first steps toward progress came in February 1980 when President Carter issued a Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th 1980 as National Women’s History Week. By 1986, 14 states had declared March as Women’s History Month. This momentum was used to lobby Congress on behalf of the movement. In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month. Now a special Presidential Proclamation is issued every year which honors the extraordinary achievements of American women.
Presidential Message 1980
President Jimmy Carter’s Message to the nation designating March 2-8, 1980 as National Women’s History Week.
“From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.
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.”
I ask my fellow Americans to recognize this heritage with appropriate activities during National Women’s History Week, March 2-8, 1980.
I urge libraries, schools, and community organizations to focus their observances on the leaders who struggled for equality – – Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Lucy
Stone, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Tubman, and Alice Paul.
Understanding the true history of our country will help us to comprehend the need for full equality under the law for all our people.
This goal can be achieved by ratifying the 27th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which states that “Equality of Rights under the Law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”
Below are pictures and descriptions of the amazing women President Carter mentioned in his speech.
Susan B. Anthony - social reformer, women's rights activist
Sojourner Truth - former slave turned leading abolitionist
Lucy Stone - abolitionist, suffragette
Lucretia Mott - abolitionist, social reformer
Elizabeth Cady Stanton - abolitionist, suffragette
Harriet Tubman - underground railroad conductor, spy for the Union Army
Alice Paul - suffragette, women's rights activist
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