In the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, Women's History Month is celebrated during March. At UIC, several events highlighting the contributions of women to history, culture and society are offered throughout the month of March. For more information go to the WHM homepage . Most events are free of charge.
The observance of Women's History Month in the United States traces its beginnings back to 1911; the first International Women's Day. In 1979 during a conference about women's history at Sarah Lawrence College participants decided to support an effort to secure a National Women's History Week. In February of 1980 President Jimmy Carter issued a presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8th, 1980, as National Women's History Week.
In 1987, Congress passed its first resolution to establish March as Women’s History Month, and through 1988 to 1994 passed additional resolutions to request and authorize the President to proclaim March as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, U.S. presidents have issued an annual proclamation each year to designate the month of March as Women’s History Month. For more information about Womens History go to http://womenshistorymonth.gov/.
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