Women have made an invaluable impact on our society since time began. They have been our guardians, our best friends, our role models and so much more. In March, we celebrate women with National Women’s History Month.
History of Women’s History Month
Women’s History Month began as “Women’s History Week” on March 7, 1982. By 1987, Congress had declared March as National History Month for the entire U.S.
The International Women of Courage Award, presented each March, was established in 2007. This award was created to recognize women honorees who demonstrate exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment. Since then, more than 120 women from more than 65 countries have been honored with this outstanding award for women.
Why do we celebrate National Women’s History Month?
All year round, we honor all women who may provide global impact, community leadership, raise families, blaze paths or live their own truth. Thank you to all women in all walks of life, and happy National Women’s History Month!
In honor of National Women’s History Month read a biography about a woman who has impacted the world, order lunch or dinner from a women-owned business or simply start a conversation about this month’s meaning with family and friends.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana is known for their impact throughout the community. Its purpose is to partner adults who are parents, caregivers, volunteers, schools and other donors to help local children. The organization’s goal and mission is to help children reach their full potential and help them grow up to be responsible and driven adults.
Big Sisters of Central Indiana began their journey helping girls in the community in 1974. Today, they empower and serve over 700 young women. In honor of National Women’s History Month, Big Sisters is offering activities for those wanting to show their support and have fun!
Recognizing the achievements of women everywhere is an important part of National Women’s History Month. Show extra support and love to the women in your life this March and every month.
MacGregor, M.M. (2019). Why March is National Women’s History Month. National Women’s History Alliance. https://nationalwomenshistoryalliance.org/womens-history-month/womens-history-month-history/
U.S. Department of State. Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award. Retrieved on February 7, 2020 https://www.state.gov/secretary-of-states-international-women-of-courage-award/