Women’s History Month

The Origins of Women’s History Month

Sojourner Truth

Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture, and society. The United States has observed it annually throughout March since 1987.  Women’s History Month in the United States 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. Presentations were given at dozens of schools, hundreds of students participated in a “Real Woman” essay contest, and a parade was held in downtown Santa Rosa.

Susan B. Anthony

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 8 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, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the event to the entire month of March.

Harriet Tubman

Women’s History Month at Volunteer State Community College
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will sponsor and co-sponsor many activities starting at the end of Black History Month in February and leading into Women’s History Month in March.  Please visit this site for updates as Women’s History Month draws closer on the calendar and help us celebrate the amazing accomplishments of women in our country.