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Women's History Month Begins

The first International Womens Day was March 8, 1911. In 1981, Rep. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) cosponsored a Joint Congressional Resolution proclaiming the week of March 8 National Womens History Week. In 1986, the National Womens History Project (founded in 1979 by Molly MacGregor) helped expand the celebration to the entire month of March. In 1987 and subsequent years, the National Womens History Month Resolutions have been approved with broad-based, bipartisan support in both the Senate and House, and signed by the President.

Today, schools and communities celebrate the month with special curriculum and events, and many states and cities have extended the observance year-round by creating Womens Halls of Fame.

For women's history calendar events, a quiz, links, and facts about the last 25 years of the women's movement, see our special section on Women's History Month 1997.

Media Resources: : The National Women's History Project