March is Women’s History Month, a time to pay tribute to the generations of women who have shaped American history and their invaluable accomplishments to our society. The origins of the celebration started with a Congressional resolution passed and signed by President Reagan in 1981 for a “Women’s History Week”. In 1987, Congress expanded the resolution by designating the entire month of March as Women’s History Month. Many national institutions such as the Library of Congress, National Archives, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service and the Smithsonian Institute are holding special Women’s History Month events . There are performances and exhibits shining the spotlight on women’s accomplishments over the past 200 years at many locations throughout the month.
Visit Famous Women in History’s Homes
There are many historical sites across the United States that are celebrating famous women in history. Visit the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, New York, which was the epicenter for the struggle of women’s rights in the mid 1800’s. You can also visit the historical sites of famous and influential women including Eleanor Roosevelt in upper New York state, Juliette Gordon Low’s, the founder of the Girl Scouts, home in Savannah, Georgia, or honor the Rosie the Riveters who worked in the American factories during World War II at a National Historic Site in California. In the Baltimore and Washington areas, you can visit the home of Clara Barton, Civil War nurse and founder of the American Red Cross in Glen Echo, Maryland. This home was the headquarters and warehouse for the American Red Cross from 1897 to 1904. You can also visit the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum in Washington D.C. to explore its many exhibits and share in the history of our nation.
Important Women in History
Each year, Women’s History Month has a theme. For 2015, the theme is “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives” which shares accounts of individual women and their impact on the fabric of our society. Every year, the National Women’s History Project designates honorees who have contributed to keeping women in the forefront of history. The honorees vary from journalists to women’s rights activists to teachers. Some of the honorees for 2015 include: Delilah L. Beasley, the first African-American women to be regularly published in a metropolitan newspaper, Gladys Tantaquidgeon, Mohegan Tribe Elder, Anthropologist and Medicine Woman, Lynn Sherr, Broadcast Journalist, and Judy Yung, Oral Historian, Chinese American Author and Professor.
Women’s History Month is a relatively new designated celebration that will only grow in popularity over time. There have been many, many women who have played and are continuing to play roles in the shaping of our technology, political systems and everyday life.
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