In the United States, Women’s History Month traces its beginnings back to the first International Women’s Day in 1911. In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued a presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8, 1980, as National Women’s History Week.
The observance was expanded in 1987 to a whole month. Every year since, Congress has passed a resolution (and the president has issued a proclamation) designating March as Women’s History Month, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Its roots, however, are much older. On March 8, 1857, women from various New York City factories staged a protest over poor working conditions. The first Women’s Day celebration in the United States was in 1909, also in New York City.
During Women’s History Month, we celebrate the contributions of women to events in history and our contemporary society. Many people participate in various events.
Locally, Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, D-Marcy, is hosting a Women’s History Month celebration for Mohawk Valley students. Students are encouraged to create a drawing and/or write a few sentences that define a woman who inspires them. This can be someone in students’ lives, a historical figure or a fictional character.
The celebration submission form is available at www.nyassembly.gov/Buttenschon and the submission deadline is Monday, March 29. All submissions will debut in a video that will be released to the public.
Readers can find out more about Women’s History Month, including all sorts of facts and figures about earnings, education and occupation at census.gov.