Fun facts about the founding of Women’s History Month

by Emma Belasco and Emilia Pizzillo

It’s March! Which means this month we are celebrating and honoring women’s history. Women’s History Month started in 1981, when Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9, which officially designated March as “Women’s History Month” in 1987.

For the next seven years, Congress passed other resolutions ensuring the President would declare March of each year as Women’s History Month. Ever since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations to celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States. Since designating every month of March as Women’s History Month, we continue to honor the specific contributions and achievements women have made to the course of U.S. history.

Additionally, every year there is a theme designated by the National Women’s History Alliance to celebrate this month! This year the theme is “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.” The purpose is to recognize and honor the women of the past and present who express themselves in all forms of media, whether it’s physical art or social media.

The National Women’s History Alliance has also helped spread the holiday to countries like Germany, China, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Russia, Ukraine, and some African nations. It’s important to recognize the women who have impacted our lives today from all around the world and celebrate our accomplishments. Happy Women’s History Month!