This year, the month of March serves as Women’s History Month. Our country aims to recognize contributions made by women in our society throughout the history of our nation. International Women’s Day also takes place during the month of March. It is recognized by many countries around the world and serves as a leading recognition regarding women’s rights around the world.
Women’s History Month has evolved from the very first International Women’s Day that took place in 1911, and later from the Women’s History Week conference that took place in 1979. The event was such a success that many other areas decided to have their own weeks honoring women, so much so that President Jimmy Carter made a statement deeming a week during March to be the official Women’s History Week. Due to the popularity that grew over time for the celebration of the week, the month-long recognition was proposed by many states and was passed by Congress in March of 1987. Congress would later pass additional requests that the President has the authorization to state that March is “Women’s History Month” for every year to come.
Throughout history, women’s contributions to our society, economy, and nation have been significant. This month recognizes these contributions, triumphs, and strides that women have made to achieve equality and the recognition they deserve. This year there are many different events and honors that are participating in Women’s History Month. The National Archive News has an exhibit titled the “Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote,” in honor of the story behind the ratification of the 19th Amendment. It explores the significant milestone and landmark decision for women, as well as the endeavors women faced to achieve the right to vote. The National Women’s History Alliance selects a theme and chooses women to honor each year at the end of March. This year’s theme is, “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silenced,” which recognizes women who helped with the passage of the 19th amendment, guaranteeing, and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote.
For more information that pertains to the celebration please visit Women’s History Month. To explore the archives about Women’s History in the United States that include photographs, articles, and film browse, National Archives News. Visit the National Women’s History Alliance to learn more about their contributions.
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– State Representative Todd Hunter, District 32
Rep. Hunter represents Nueces (Part) County. He can be contacted at email@example.com or at 512-463-0672.