The Origins of Women’s History Month


Women’s History Month poster

Adelina Monique Alcaraz, Staff Writer

Women’s history month is a time to celebrate all the contributions past women made to get women to where they are now. Although it is important to celebrate women throughout the whole year, during the month of March we can celebrate the sacrifices women made to make this world a better place.

Women marching for women’s rights.

Women’s History Month was officially declared by Congress in 1987. It started back at the turn of the 20th century when suffragists fought for women’s rights to get the right to vote.

Women’s History Month takes place in the month of March. Even though the whole month is dedicated to celebrating women’s history, it did start off as being celebrated on one day, which was known as National Women’s Day.

National Women’s Day was officially declared a holiday on March 18, 1911, after German activist Clara Zetkin made the suggestion of creating it.

National Women’s Day was celebrated for decades after that. However, the holiday was never really celebrated in the U.S. until the 1970s. About 10 years later, in March of 1980, President Jimmy Carter began a National Women’s History Week, beginning on March 8.

Beginning of Women’s History Week

Finally, in 1987, Congress officially declared March as Women’s History Month. Although the month of March is dedicated to women, March 8 is still National Women’s Day.

It took decades to officially make it an entire month to celebrate women, but this country finally got there.