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March 2017: Celebrating Women's History Month and International Women's Day




March 2017

Celebrating Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day


Each March, Women’s History Month is observed in the United States. Women’s History Month grew out of a weeklong celebration of women’s contributions to culture, history and society organized by the school district of Sonoma, California, in 1978. A few years later, the idea had caught on within communities, school districts and organizations across the country. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8th as National Women’s History Week. The U.S. Congress followed suit the next year, passing a resolution establishing a national celebration. Six years later, in 1986, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the event to the entire month of March.  To this day, Women’s History Month is celebrated as a time to recognize the dignity and accomplishments of women, the challenges they faced, and to draw strength and inspiration from the remarkable women who came before us. The theme of Women’s History Month 2017 is “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business”, which honors women who have successfully challenged the role of women in both business and the paid labor force. More information on Women’s History Month 2017 may be found at For more information on Women’s History Month visit or


International Women's Day, occurring on March 8th this year, is a global celebration of the economic, political and social achievements of women.  International Women's Day took place for the first time on March 8, 1911.  Many countries around the world celebrate the holiday with demonstrations, educational initiatives and customs such as presenting women with gifts and flowers.  The United Nations has sponsored International Women's Day since 1975.  When adopting its resolution on the observance of International Women's Day, the United Nations General Assembly cited the following reasons: "To recognize the fact that securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms require the active participation, equality and development of women; and to acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security."  The theme for International Women's Day 2017 is #BeBoldForChange, which calls on the masses, or calls on yourself, to help forge a better working world - a more inclusive, gender equal world.  For more information on International Women's Day, visit