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Women's History Month

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!
Weider History Group Announces the Launch of its New Website: GreatHistory.comWeider History Group Announces the Launch of its New Website: DebutsPlease join us as we welcome the newest member of the Weider History Group family,
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) : AH

THE 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 …

The First to Die - Cover Page: February 2000 American History Feature

The 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 …

"All men & women are created equal" - Cover Page: April '99 American History Feature

All 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 …

American History: August 1997 From the Editor

Thoughts on History

At 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 …

American History: April 1997 From the Editor

Thoughts on History

In 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 …

American History: April 1997 From the Editor

Thoughts on History

As 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 …

American History: August 1997 From the Editor

Thoughts on History

One 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 …

American History: February 1997 From the Editor

Thoughts on History

As 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 …

American History: December 1996 From the Editor

Thoughts on History

For 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 …

American History: October 1996 From the Editor

Thoughts 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 …

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