March is Women’s History Month

By:  Kim Adamson

The 2024 National Women’s History Month theme is “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.”  The theme recognizes women throughout the U.S. who understand that, for a positive future, we need to eliminate bias and discrimination from our lives and institutions. The National Women’s History Alliance establishes the annual themes.

In 1980, the National Women’s History Project (now the National Women’s History Alliance) led a consortium of women’s groups and historians in their efforts to lobby for national recognition, which they achieved when President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the week of March 8, 1980, as National Women’s History Week. In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month, which honors the extraordinary achievements of American women.

International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th every year, and the 2024 theme is “Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress.”  International Women’s Day has been observed as a special day for women for over a century. It is a significant day for everyone across the globe to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, and it is also a call to action for accelerating women’s equality everywhere and promoting gender equality and social change.