Every year, March is designated Women’s History Month by Presidential proclamation and we honor women’s contributions in American history.
Women’s History Month began in 1978 as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, CA as “Women’s History Week”. The organizers selected the week of 8 March to correspond with International Women’s Day. The movement spread and other communities began their own Women’s History Week celebrations the following year.
The National Women’s History Alliance selects and publishes the yearly theme. The 2019 Women’s History Month theme is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence.” The theme honors “women who have led efforts to end war, violence, and injustice and pioneered the use of nonviolence to change society.”