March is Women's History Month
The purpose of Women's History Month is to increase consciousness and knowledge of women's history: to take one month of the year to remember the contributions of notable and ordinary women, in hopes that the day will soon come when it's impossible to teach or learn history without remembering these contributions.
A Brief History
In 1978 in California, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women began a "Women's History Week" celebration. The week was chosen to coincide with International Women's Day, March 8. Three years later, the United States Congress passed a resolution establishing National Women's History Week. In 1987, at the request of the National Women's History Project, Congress expanded the week to a month, and the U.S. Congress has issued a resolution every year since then, with wide support, for Women's History Month. The U.S. President also issues a proclamation annually of Women's History Month.
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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Raise your voice against sexual violence. Someone you know has been affected by sexual violence. Whether you know it or not. One in three women and one in six men are victimized. Could you talk to someone about it? Would you know where to turn? Now is the time to learn. - WASAC.
Some Useful Links
- National Women's History Alliance - https://nationalwomenshistoryalliance.org
- Presidential Proclamation for Women's History Month - http://www.usinfo.state.gov/usa/womenusa/2001proc.htm
- Women In America - http://www.wic.org/misc/history.htm
- Learning Network - http://www.infoplease.com/spot/womenshistory1.html
- History Channel - https://www.history.com/topics/womens-history
- Why We Celebrate Women's History Month - http://womenshistory.about.com/library/weekly/aa030200a.htm