Facts, information and articles about Women’s History Month, an event in women’s history

Every March the UK, Australia and the US celebrate women by using the entire month to highlight the sizeable contributions women have made to history throughout the centuries. Canada observes Women’s History Month in October. In the United States, the movement for setting aside a special time to observe women’s history began when Congress passed a law authorizing the president to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982, as Women’s History Week. In 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress authorized the entire month of March as National Women’s History Month.

The week initially was chosen to coincide with the International Women’s Day celebration, which occurs globally on March 8th each year. Women’s History Month is used to study the many different women who have had active, but often overlooked, roles throughout history. In schools students write reports, put on plays and engage in other activities to enhance their study of women’s history.

Today there are TV channels offering biographies, movies and documentaries of some of the most powerful and important women in history, but that has not always been the case. The need for a special time to focus on women’s history came from the recognition that for centuries the roles of women in the development of their countries’ history had been overlooked or downplayed. The month serves as a time to highlight their contributions and to create awareness of role models girls and women can look up to and emulate.


Articles Featuring Womens History Month From History Net Magazines

Women’s History ResourcesA list of books and Websites for information on Women's History.
Heroines of Women’s HistoryFive rules-breaking heroines of women's history who asked "How can I do that?" instead of "Can I do that?"
Women’s History – Beyond the Famous NamesWomen's history gives all of us, female and male, stories we can easily relate to our own lives; it isn't just about the intermittent monarch, the suffrage movement, or the trailblazing aviatrix.
Women’s History Articles – Suggested Online ReadingDescriptions of some online articles related to Women's History, with links; includes Irena Sendler, Queen Elizabeth I, and women of the Wild West!
World History Group Announces the Launch of its New Website: GreatHistory.comWeider History Group Announces the Launch of its New Website: GreatHistory.com
GreatHistory.com DebutsPlease join us as we welcome the newest member of the Weider History Group family, GreatHistory.com.
Eleanor of AquitaineFacts About the Life Of Eleanor Of Aquitaine. Biographical information, facts, and timelines of the Accomplishments of Queen Eleanor Of Aquitaine.
Book Review: THE READER’S COMPANION TO U.S. WOMEN’S HISTORY (edited by Wilma Mankiller, Gwendolyn Mink, Marysa Navarro, Barbara Smith, and Gloria Steinem) : AHTHE READER’S COMPANION TO U.S. WOMEN’S HISTORY, edited by Wilma Mankiller, Gwendolyn Mink, Marysa Navarro, Barbara Smith, and Gloria Steinem, Houghton Mifflin, 672 pages, $45.This is the first book of its kind “devoted to exploring moments, topics, and events in U.S. history as they affected, and were affected by, women,” notes Gwendolyn Mink. More than […]
The First to Die – Cover Page: February 2000 American History FeatureThe First to Die Minuteman Isaac Davis, shot by the British at Concord Bridge in April 1775, was one of the first to die in the cause of American Independence. By Jeanne Munn Bracken "There can never be but one man who headed the first column of attack on the King’s troops in the Revolutionary […]
“All men & women are created equal” – Cover Page: April ’99 American History FeatureAll men & women are created equal Over one hundred and fifty years ago the people attending the first Women’s Rights Convention adopted this radical proposition. by Constance Rynder The announcement of an upcoming “Woman’s Rights Convention” in the Seneca County Courier was small, but it attracted Charlotte Woodward’s attention. On the morning of July […]
American History: April 1997 From the EditorThoughts on HistoryAs we were preparing this issue of American History, which includes on page 16 an article by Mark Dunkelman about Amos Humiston, a Union soldier who died during the Battle of Gettysburg, leaving a wife and three small children behind, we received a letter from a reader named Anna Pansini, which struck a […]
American History: August 1997 From the EditorThoughts on HistoryOne of my fondest memories from the 15 years that my family and I lived on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, is of a summer day in 1975 when we and several carloads of friends set out to “do” what is known as the Cabot Trail, a scenic coastal drive that winds its […]
American History: February 1997 From the EditorThoughts on HistoryAs you read [the print] issue, you will notice a new logo appearing at the end of “Code Talkers” by William R. Wilson. In the future, this symbol will be used in each issue to signify that an article complementing the one to which the logo is affixed can be found on the […]
American History: August 1997 From the EditorThoughts on HistoryAt the end of a 1980 interview with William R. Wilson, which begins on page 48 of this issue, the late General James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle declared: “I’d never want to relive my life. I couldn’t possibly be that lucky a second time.” Doolittle and collaborator Carroll V. Glines used a variation of […]
American History: April 1997 From the EditorThoughts on HistoryIn It Happened in Brooklyn: An Oral History of Growing Up in the Borough in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, Alan Lelchuk, the son of a Russian immigrant to the United States, is quoted as saying that “In the years after the war, nothing symbolized the feeling of hope and optimism more than […]
American History: December 1996 From the EditorThoughts on HistoryFor more than twenty years, my late husband and I lived in Canada. Although we maintained our American citizenship, we lacked the residential requirements necessary to cast an absentee ballot in U.S. presidential elections. Accustomed as we were to this country’s republican form of government, Canada’s parliamentary system took some getting used to. […]
American History: October 1996 From the EditorThoughts on History In 1907, Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West show paid a visit to Brooklyn, New York. My grandmother, then a child of eight, got to see the panoply of the West-that-never-was that Cody paraded before audiences around the world. It must have been a stirring sight for a little girl from the city […]