‘Valiant Women of the Vote’: theme for Women’s History Month 2020

International Women's Day is March 8th

March is Women’s History  Month. This celebration began in 1978 with a seven-day celebration of women’s contributions to culture, history an society organized by the school district in Sonoma, California.

In 1981 it became nationally recognized when Congress passed Public Law 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982, as “Women’s History Week.”

Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.”  In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Public Law 100-9 which designated the month of March, 1987, as “Women’s History Month.”

Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month.  Since 1995, Presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”

Each year a theme is chosen for the celebration by The National Women’s History Alliance. This year, 2020, the theme is “Valiant Women of the Vote.”  It honors “the brave women who fought to win suffrage rights for women, and for the women who continue to fight for the voting rights of others.”

International Women’s day is Sun March 8th. The first National Woman’s Day was observed in the U.S. on February 28, 1909. The Socialist Party of America designated the day to honor those who participated in the 1908 garment workers strike in New York City. The following year, Women’s Day was established by international charter in Copenhagen to honor those participating in the women’s rights movement around the world. Throughout WWI, International Women’s Day was used by women as a vehicle for advocating for peace and to express solidarity with other activists. It wasn’t until 1975 that the observance officially began to be celebrated on March 8 .

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