March is celebrated annually as Women’s History Month. It began back in 1911 when the first international women’s day was held. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter entered a proclamation declaring the week of March 8, 1980 as Women’s History Week to celebrate all the contributions that women have made. Seven years later, the U.S. Congress passed a public law authorizing the president to declare the month of March each year as Women’s History Month.
The National Women’s History Alliance selects the theme each year. For 2019, the theme is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence”. This theme honors "women who have led efforts to end war, violence, and injustice and pioneered the use of nonviolence to change society."
An excellent source of information about women’s history is www.womenshistory.org. It has an enormous amount of information about events and also features articles, exhibits, and even has tools for students and educators.
I encourage parents to spend time with their children learning more about women in history. Perhaps consider volunteering at your children’s schools or at a community event to promote the importance of women.Women have played vital roles in our families, communities, and governments.Our children must learn more about the contributions of women to truly appreciate them.