Each year, we celebrate and observe Women’s History Month from March 1st through 31st to honor the achievements of women throughout American history and the important roles they play within our society.
Until the late 70s, women’s history was not studied as a part of public-school curriculum. To mitigate this concern, the Education Task Force of Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women created “Women’s History Week” in 1978. Two years later, President Jimmy Carter declared the week of March 8th a national celebration and encouraged everyone in the United States to participate.
The observation was specifically chosen for this week to include the celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD), which always takes place on March 8th. Since it first began in 1911, IWD celebrates the “social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women,” calls for action to accelerate gender parity, and fundraise for “female-focused” charities.
In 1987, Congress passed a resolution to extend Women’s History Week to become a month-long celebration in March.
This Women’s History Month, we encourage our community members to learn more about the dynamic history of women throughout America and appreciate their contributions to our culture today. There are many different things we can do to further our education on and celebration of these women.
Visit the many museums and exhibits in the greater Washington DC area that celebrate women and share their stories. To name a few:
- The National Museum of Women in the Arts is currently closed for renovation but is still championing women in the arts with their online resources and virtual events calendar.
- The Smithsonian American Art Museum is also hosting a Virtual Women Filmmakers Festival
- Shop Made in DC is hosting She DC, a month-long celebration “including a curated art show featuring up to 100 DMV women artists, panel discussions, and popups with emerging DC makers and artists.”
Learn more about American women in politics, their timeline of representation and influence. Support female business owners and entrepreneurs in Washington DC and beyond. Read books by female authors. Explore and amplify the voices of female musicians and artists. Watch a film about famous women in history. Support a women’s nonprofit organization. If you can, donate in support of a charity focused on female empowerment.
Recognize the powerful women who came before you and continue to advocate for the basic human rights women deserve today. There are a lot of current issues – Pregnancy and Parenting Discrimination, Violence Against Women, Women’s Rights in the Workplace, Women’s Rights in Education, and Women and Criminal Justice – at stake. Stay informed and take action when you can. Whether you have a lot or a little time, there’s plenty that can be done to help the cause.
Finally, celebrate this month by taking one of our special-themed group fitness classes each week. Find inspiration and motivation in our upcoming class schedule and make sure to sign up for class on the VIDA app!