March - Women's History Month
There are important women, who have changed the face of the world, though they have often not been recognized. Each March, we celebrate Women's History Month in the United States. However, women's history activities can be taught at other times throughout the school year.
Women's History Month began its long journey back in the early 1900s, when women were suffering oppression across economic, cultural and civil lines, the first International Women's Day was observed by 15,000 women who marched through the streets of New York City demanding the right to vote, work less hours and receive a fair wage. Later, in 1910 at the International Conference of Working Women, Clara Zetkin proposed that all women around the world have a day to present their proposals for better treatment, and for ending all oppression. On March 19, 1911, the first International Women's Day was observed.
Since that time, women from around the world have met yearly to share ideas, create ways to end oppression and celebrate their triumphs.
In 1980, President Jimmy Carter declared the observance of a National Women's History Week during the week of March 8. In 1987, Congress declared March to be Women's History Month. For the past 30 years, women have continued the work begun by those that came before them in every area of life and in every country in the world.