Women have played a vital role in the coming and development of the United States, however recognition has not always been attributed. With that said, National Women’s History Month was developed to recognize the contributions women have played in the founding and development of our nation. The theme of this year centers on Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment.
The National Women’s History Month takes place during March in both the United States and the United Kingdom, however it’s commencement was not established over night. The unfolding of the declaration of National Women’s History Month dates back to the first International Women’s Day on March 8, 1911 which later progressed to the Women’s History Week (taking place the week of International Women’s Day.
In 1980, President Jimmy Carter declared the week of March 8th as National History Week. President Carter proclamation stated: “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.”
For more information of Women’s History visit the resources of the Rebecca Crown Library.
Pictured: Amelia Earhart – http://www.americaslibrary.gov/assets/aa/earhart/aa_earhart_learns_2_e.jpg