Talk:Women's History Month

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[edit] History The event traces its beginnings to the first International Women's Day in 1911.

In 1978, the school district of Sonoma, California, participated in Women's History Week, an event designed around the week of March 8 (International Women's Day).

In 1981, responding to the growing popularity of the event, Congress passed a resolution making Women's History Week a national holiday. This week was well received, and soon after, schools across the country began to have their own local celebrations. The next year, leaders from the California group shared their project at the Women's History Institute at Sarah Lawrence College. Other participants not only became determined to begin their own local Women's History Week projects but also agreed to support an effort to have Congress declare a national Women's History Week.

Also in 1981, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland) co-sponsored the first Joint Congressional Resolution proclaiming a "Women's History Week." Soon, other state departments of education began to encourage celebrations of National Women's History Week as a way to promote equality among the sexes in the classroom.

Maryland, Pennsylvania, Alaska, New York, Oregon and other states developed and distributed curriculum materials in all of their public schools, which prompted educational events such as essay contests. Within a few years, thousands of schools and communities got on the bandwagon that was National Women's History Week, with the support and encouragement from governors, city councils, school boards, and the U.S. Congress. Congress legally expanded the focus to a whole month in 1987. Since then, the National Women's History Month Resolution has been approved with bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:46, 4 March 2009 (UTC)

Grammar anyone? i.e Women's history contributions of women to events in history —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:36, 9 April 2009 (UTC)

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President Jimmy Carter did not issue a Presidential Proclamation regarding Women's History Week or Month. The Presidential Proclamations were issued by President Ronald Reagan (Presidential Proclamation 4903 and 5619).

Here is the Library of Congress website with the correct information.

I hope that you will make every effort to correct the record. President Jimmy Carter may have gotten the ball rolling, but there is no record of an official Presidential Proclamation by him regarding Women's History Week or Month.

Thank you for working to document history accurately. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)

Please note the information from the Law Library of Congress website (

"Women’s History Month had its origins in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week". As requested by Congress, President Reagan issued Presidential Proclamation 4903 proclaiming the week beginning on March 7, 1982 as the first "Women’s History Week" and recognizing the vital role of women in American history: •American women of every race, creed and ethnic background helped found and build our Nation in countless recorded and unrecorded ways ... As leaders in public affairs, American women not only worked to secure their own rights of suffrage and equal opportunity but also were principal advocates in the abolitionist, temperance, mental health reform, industrial labor and social reform movements, as well as the modern civil rights movement.

Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as "Women’s History Week" and authorizing the President to issue a proclamation to inform the country of this recognition and urge the people to study the contributions of women to U.S. history. In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” This law requested the President to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate activities and ceremonies. President Reagan then issued Presidential Proclamation 5619 proclaiming March 1987 as "Women’s History Month" and calling upon all Americans to mark the month with observances to honor the achievements of American women. Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month."

Please correct the inaccurate information on your page titled "Women's History Month." Thank you! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:02, 1 March 2015 (UTC)

Carter's 1980 statement: Reagan's 1982 proclamation: Only the second is called a proclamation. I don't know the significance of that in this case but it seems very hard to ignore Carter just because it wasn't called a proclamation. The Law Library of Congress website starts when congress got involved in 1981 and authorized the President to issue a proclamation in 1982. Presidential proclamation says: "In the United States, the President's proclamation does not have the force of law, unless authorized by Congress." Wikipedia is a general encyclopedia and not here to only report what the U.S. congress does. PrimeHunter (talk) 22:49, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
To the original poster... This belongs on [[Talk:Talk:Women's History Month]] and put a note on Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Women's History. I'll copied them...Naraht (talk) 02:20, 2 March 2015 (UTC)
The quote - from wikipedia - distinguishes between substantive and ceremonial proclamations and the designation of any month as observance of a group or occasion is clearly ceremonial, not substantive. Irish Melkite (talk) 07:50, 1 March 2016 (UTC)
There is also an inconsistency in that the article here cites 1995 as the year of the first proclamation of March as NWHM and then goes on to provide links to proclamations of such beginning in 1988. Irish Melkite (talk) 07:50, 1 March 2016 (UTC)