Women’s History Month
Women’s History Month has grown to be a celebration of women’s contribution to history, culture and society.
In 1978, the school district of Sanoma, California held a weeklong celebration of women’s history and accomplishments. Many students participated in essay contests, related presentations were given and a parade was even held in downtown Santa Rosa.
As time went on, many other communities and school districts across the country began to catch on to what soon came to be known as National Women’s History Week during the week of March 8th. President Jimmy Carter was responsible for issuing this presidential proclamation in 1980 but, it wasn’t until the following year that the U.S Congress passed a resolution that helped to establish this week into a national celebration. And 6 years later, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to extend the celebration for the entire month of March. Since then, the month-long celebration has grown into a national movement of reflection, empowerment and pride.
The first annual International Women’s Day took place on March 8, 1911 and today, many countries honor the holiday with demonstrations, educational initiatives and practices such as gift giving.
Today’s fact: March 22, 1972 – Congress passes the Equal Rights Amendment, which granted equal rights for women but was never ratified by the required number of states.
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Ella Pritsker Couture recognizes the unstoppable power of women, particularly in business. She’s inspired by the incredible women she meets every day who have charged ahead to create their own destiny and make their dreams a reality.
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