“If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it rightside up again.”
— Sojourner Truth
The study of women's history is a recent development, dating to the early 1970's. To raise awareness of women's history, organizers in Sonoma County, California, developed a week-long celebration in the late 1970's to honor women's achievements. In 1981, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Rep. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) co-sponsored the first congressional resolution for a national Women's History Week, which was subsequently established. Word spread rapidly across the nation, and state departments of education encouraged celebrations of National Women's History Week as an effective means for achieving equity goals within classrooms. Within a few years, thousands of schools and communities were celebrating National Women's History Week. In 1987, the National Women's History Project petitioned Congress to expand the national celebration to the entire month of March, and a resultant resolution passed. The theme for the 2002 Women's History Month is "Women in the Military." The image for a poster reflecting the 2001 theme forms the basis for the background of this page, and you can purchase a variety of posters for Women's History Month.
Educators in grades K-12 interested in lesson plans related to Women's History Month should look to Teacher Vision.
Born on December 16, 1901, anthropologist Margaret Mead dedicated her life to the understanding of human cultures.
"I have spent most of my life studying the lives of other peoples - faraway peoples - so that Americans might better understand themselves."
- Margaret Mead