The growing power of women: From history to history-in-the-making

“Women and girls can do whatever they want. There is no limit to what we as women can accomplish.” Doesn’t Michelle Obama just say it best? Women’s History Month is a time to recognize the hardships women have faced, as well as celebrating the liberations and triumphs women have accomplished through time. American women have struggled throughout history for their own rights and many other underrepresented and disenfranchised groups in America. The history behind Women’s History Month shows the contrast of where American women were at, where they stand now, and what still needs improving as a society. 

Where it all started

The origins of Women’s History Month began in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized the President to proclaim March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” In the 1970’s, local groups were celebrating Women’s History Week. One of the most notable celebrations was organized in Santa Rosa, California by the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women in 1978. 

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