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Women’s History Month Information & Resources

Women’s History Month began as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, California. The Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women planned and executed a “Women’s History Week” celebration in 1978 to correspond with International Women’s Day. The following year, other communities across the country initiated their own History Week celebrations. In 1980, a consortium of women’s groups and historians led by the National Women's History Alliance successfully lobbied for national recognition. In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th, 1980, as National Women’s History Week. In 1987, Congress passed Public Law 100-9, designating March as Women’s History Month.

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