In 1981 the US Congress passed PL 97-28 authorizing the President to proclaim the week of March 8, 1982 as Women’s History Week. This continued for the next five years. In 1987 being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed PL 100-9 which designated the month of March as Women’s History Month. Since 1995 each American president has signed proclamations designating March as Women’s History Month. To read more about the history see: http://womenshistorymonth.gov/about.html
March, 2015 National Women’s History Month—is the National History Project’s 35th anniversary. This year’s theme is “weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives”, which presents the opportunity to weave women’s stories into the fabric of our nation’s history.
The National Women’s Project was founded in Santa Rosa, California to broadcast women’s historical achievements. Each year they chose some women to honor and this year they selected nine women who have contributed to the work of “writing women back into history”. Their website includes brief bios not only of the 2015 honorees but past honorees.
Their website is located at: http://www.nwhp.org/
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is also celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8 by focusing on four remarkable women: http://www.jdc.org/international-womens-day/
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee