The Center for Diversity & Inclusion is dedicated towards recognizing the intersecting identities of AU's community. Resources and opportunities for women are deeply rooted in our mission as a campus to foster awareness and growth across all channels. Through recognizing and celebrating Women's History Month, the AU community honors the history of women, their progress, and the work that is yet to be accomplished.
Women's History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as "Women's History Week."
Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as "Women's History Week." In 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women's History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as "Women's History Month."
Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of year as Women's History Month. Since 1995, President Clinton, Bush, and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as "Women's History Month."