"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."
March is Women's History Month. It's a time to pay tribute to the women who've paved the way for our rights and privileges and those who continue to do so. Before you think women have it all, remember that women STILL earn 77 cents to a man's every dollar. Put another way, if you're married to a woman, your household is bringing in less than it should. So that affects your earnings, too.
So what is Women's History Month and where did it stem from? Prior to the 1970's, the topic of women's history was not really touched on in public forums. The Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women decided to address this by initiating 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 received positively 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) cosponsored the first Joint Congressional Resolution proclaiming a "Women's History Week." Then, in 1987, the National Women's History Project petitioned Congress to expand the celebration to the entire month of March.
But Women's History Month is more than just a focus on equality. It's a time to reflect. There are numerous ways to do this with great events being held around the country, in museums, schools, on TV, in theaters and more.
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 and have dozens of events happening in and around Washington D.C.
Want to find local events in your area? Here are some links I came across while searching online. You can also check your local website or newspaper for a listing.
Finally, if you just want to celebrate, here are some fun ideas to get the whole family involved, because women's history is everyone's history.
What are you planning for Women's History Month? Does your school or community have any events? Tell us here.