Did You Know?
MARCH is Women’s History Month, which highlights and commemorates the historic contributions and achievements of women. This commemoration centers around March 8, International Women’s Day.
International Women’s Day was first celebrated in the United States back in 1911. The Sonoma School District (California) participated in Women’s History Week in 1978, and a year later a 15-day conference about women’s history was held at Sarah Lawrence College in Westchester County, chaired by Gerda Lerner, a historian. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter designated March 2-8 as National Women’s History Week, proclaiming: “From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.