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Women's History Month What is Women's History Month?

Since 1987, the month of March in the United States has been designated as Women’s History Month to celebrate women's contributions to history, culture and society. In 1978, the school district of Sonoma, California began a weeklong celebration of women’s impact on culture, history, and society.

International Women’s Day has been recognized as a global celebration of the economic, political and social achievements of women since March 8, 1911. Many countries around the world celebrate the holiday with demonstrations, educational initiatives and customs such as presenting women with gifts and flowers.

The National Women’s History Alliance designates a yearly theme for Women's History Month. The 2021 theme is a continuation of 2020's: "Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced." This theme recognizes the battle for women's suffrage, which was gained with the passage of the 19th amendment in 1920. For almost 100 years, women had been fighting for the right to vote: They made speeches, signed petitions, staged demonstrations and argued over and over again that women, like men, deserved all of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. (source: History)

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1909 Feb. 28, 1909 marked the first Woman's History Day in New York City. It commemorated the one-year anniversary of the garment workers' strikes when 15,000 women marched through lower Manhattan.

1911 International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the economic, political and social achievements of women, took place for the first time on March 8, 1911. The United Nations has sponsored International Women’s Day since 1975.

2021 Every Women's History Month has a theme. The 2021 theme is "Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced," will focus on women's political involvement and leadership.

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