WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
What is Women's History Month?
Women's History Month highlights and celebrates the contributions of women in history. Internationally, March is recognized as Women's History Month (WHM). WHM can be traced back to the first International Women's Day, held on March 8, 1911.
In 1980, then President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the week of March 8th National Women's History Week. In his proclamation, he stated, "From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength, and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well. As Dr. Gerda Lerner has noted, 'Women’s History is Women’s Right.' It is an essential and indispensable heritage from which we can draw pride, comfort, courage, and long-range vision. I ask my fellow Americans to recognize this heritage with appropriate activities during National Women’s History Week, March 2-8, 1980. I urge libraries, schools, and community organizations to focus their observances on the leaders who struggled for equality - Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Lucy Stone, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Tubman, and Alice Paul. Understanding the true history of our country will help us to comprehend the need for full equality under the law for all our people. This goal can be achieved by ratifying the 27th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which states that 'Equality of Rights under the Law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex."
In 1987, Congress expanded Women's History Week into Women's History Month after being petitioned by the National Women's History Project.
Each WHM has a theme set by the National Women's History Project. This year's Women's History Month 2020 theme is "Courageous Trailblazers: Valiant Women in History."
How does the Women's Resource Center Celebrate Women's History Month?
Each year, the Women's Resource Center hosts the International Women's Day Conference with a number of student organizations as a part of our WHM celebrations. Additionally, the Center publishes a calendar of campus events centered around WHM.
How do I request a hard copy of the Women's History Month Calendar?
Calendars are available to individuals or groups associated with Texas A&M University by filling out a request via the Women's History Month Calendar Request Form. All requests received by Friday, February 21, 2020 will be honored. Requests received after February 21 will be honored as calendar supplies last. Calendars will be available to be picked up at the Women's Resource Center located at the Student Services Building, 2nd floor, throughout the month of March as supplies last. Calendars will be mailed to individuals who possess a Texas A&M University Mail Stop within two business days. Please fill out your request below.
How do I add my event to the Women's History Month Calendar?
If you have an event you would like to see on our WHM Calendar, please submit information about your event via the Women's History Month Program Submission Form. Calendar submissions are due no later than Wednesday, February 19, 2020. Please submit your event below.