"Whatever glory belongs to the race...a full share belongs to the womanhood of the race. "
Mary McLeod Bethune
In honor of Women's History Month, EH Spring Spotlights will focus on contemporary Black women enhancing our culture and making history today. Check out the tabs for our Spring Spotlights and stay tuned for upcoming posts!
Before the 1970's, the topic of women's history was largely missing from general public consciousness. To address this situation, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women initiated a "Women's History Week" celebration in 1978 and chose the week of March 8 to coincide with International Women's Day.
The celebration was met with positive response, and schools began to host their own Women's History Week programs. In 1981, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Rep. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) co sponsored the first Joint Congressional Resolution proclaiming a "Women's History Week.". In 1987, the National Women's History Project petitioned Congress to expand the celebration to the entire month of March. Since then, the National Women's History Month Resolution has been approved every year with bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.
2011 Theme: Our History is Our Strength
"Our shared history unites families, communities, and nations. Although women's history is intertwined with the history shared with men, several factors - social, religious, economic, and biological - have worked to create a unique sphere of women's history."
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society.