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Women's History Month: INTRODUCTION

March is Women's History Month. This guide will introduce you to the history, contributions, and resources for exploring more about women's vital role in history.

Women's History Month

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What is Women's History Month?

March is Women's History Month, a month dedicated to the recognition, study, and celebration of women's contribution to society, past and present. Women's History Month actually began as Women's History Week in 1980, when President Jimmy Carter declared March 2-8 as Women's History Week. President Carter was prompted to issue this national proclamation after years of successful lobbying by women in education. After several states adopted this holiday, Congress finally declared the entire month of March as Women's History Month in perpetuity. Every year since, each President issues their own official proclamation.                                                                                      




One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Vote tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote, a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history.


The women’s movement has gone mainstream: from the first female presidential nominee to the inclusion of a woman of color on a major party ticket, from the Women’s March to #MeToo, from Black Lives Matter to the fight for trans lives. Premiering amid an unprecedented pandemic and widespread social upheaval, NOT DONE shines a light on today’s feminists who are paving the way for true equality. Distributed by PBS Distribution.



Hosted by Academy Award-winner Rita Moreno and Dee Wallace Stone, Women First & Foremost offers shining examples of how generations of women have achieved their deserved place at the forefront of history.