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2011 National Women's History Month Program

National Women's History Month

The purpose of National Women's History Month is to increase consciousness and knowledge of women's history: to take one month of the year to remember the contributions of notable and ordinary women. It grew out of an effort to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of women in American history.

In 1978, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County, California Commission on the Status of Women initiated a "Women's History Week." They did this because -- as recently as the 1970's -- women's history was virtually an unknown topic in the K-12 curriculum or in the general public consciousness. The week was chosen to coincide with International Women's Day -- March 8 -- which was first celebrated in 1911 in Europe. Celebrations of National Women's History Week spread throughout the nation.

In 1987 -- at the request of museums, libraries, and educators across the country -- the National Women's History Project petitioned Congress to expand the celebration to the entire month of March. A National Women's History Month Congressional Resolution was quickly passed with strong bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. Every year since then, the U.S. Congress has passed a resolution for Women's History Month.


Federal Women's Council

Commerce Bureau employees are needed to join the Federal Women's Council. If you are interested, or know someone who is, please fill out this application form and fax it to 202-482-5375.

Application for FEWP Program Council (Word File) (PDF file)

Any questions about the Council? Contact Senora Coggs.

 


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