March is National Women's History Month and as such, we thought it'd be the perfect time to get into some of the back story on why March was chosen as the time to commemorate and encourage the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in the American history.
Forging a New Path
Just four-decades ago, in the 70s, women's history wasn't typically broached in kindergarten through high school curriculum, or in the general public discourse. In response, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women initiated a "Women's History Week" in 1978. The week of March 8th was tapped, selected or chosen for observance. The week came with such positive response as dozens of schools planned programs and women/female teachers conducted special presentations in classrooms across the country -- culminating in a parade through downtown Santa Rosa.
One year later, The Women's History Institute at Sarah Lawrence College in NY, invited leaders of national women and girl's organizations to participate. in what? , Upon learning of the success in Sonoma County's celebration, similar celebrations were taken back to participants' own communities, school districts and organizations. Additionally, an effort to establish a national week of celebrations was agreed upon.
In 1980, then-President Carter's Proclamation declared the week of March, 8 officially as Women's History Week, followed by a co-sponsored Congressional Resolution for National Women's History Week, demonstrating genuine bipartisan political commitment for honoring American Women, their importance and achievements. As similar celebrations continued to sprout across the U.S., state education departments encouraged celebrations as an avenue to equity within classrooms. States across America continued to follow suit and organizations sponsored essay contests and other programs locally. In short order, thousands of educational outlets and communities were celebrating National Women's History Week.
In 1986, 14 states had designated March as Women's History Month, and after continued push, Congress officially declared the month of March as National Women's History Month in 1987.
Whether it's our network of the best private schools in Buffalo, NY or throughout the community in general, everyone at WNY Catholic Schools is excited to acknowledge and celebrate the significant contributions women make to their families, their businesses, their communities and social progress. We're happy to play a role in fostering the next generation of exceptional women, ready to forge their own paths of success.