March is Women's History Month

March 16, 2022

March is Women's History Month

Women’s History Month celebrates the contributions that women have given to society throughout the years. Its roots trace back to March 8, 1857, when women from various New York City factories staged a protest over poor working conditions. 

The first Women’s Day celebration in the U.S. was in 1909, also in New York City. On March 7, 1982, more than seven decades later, Congress established Women’s History Week, and in March 1987, they passed a resolution declaring Women’s History Month. For each year that followed, up until 1994, Congress passed resolutions requesting that each president proclaim March as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, U.S. Presidents have issued proclamations annually to celebrate Women’s History Month.

The 2022 Women’s History theme, “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope,” is both a tribute to the endless work of caregivers and frontline workers during our ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history. 

As we celebrate Women’s History Month 2022, we reflect upon advances women have made over the last decade. Women have increased their earnings, education and fields of occupation, and continue to have longer average life spans than men.

Here are a few simple ways to celebrate Women’s History Month on your own:

Book Suggestions:

‘Bossypants’ by Tina Fey
Bossypants is a collection of autobiographical essays, but it reads more like a series of the wise-cracking comedy sketches that made Fey famous. Come for the jokes and the behind-the-scenes shenanigans at SNL and 30 Rock — and stay for Fey’s revelations on making it big in showbiz and taking her “bossy” label in sardonic stride.

‘My Own Words’ by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Hailed as a champion of women’s rights, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away in 2020, but her opinions on everything from gender equality to the inner workings of the nation’s highest court to her love of opera live on this 2018 collection of writings from the feminist icon.

‘She Persisted in Science’ by Chelsea Clinton
Part of the ‘She Persisted’ series, this book explores women scientists who used their smarts, their skills and their persistence to discover, intent, create and explain. For ages 4-8.

Podcast| The History Chicks podcast introduces you to female characters in history, factual or fictional, via the podcast and show-notes. An introduction, an overview and a little push to explore and learn more on your own. Read more.

Powerful Woman Highlight | Debra Cafaro runs the $26-billion-plus Standard & Poor 500 firm Ventas, one of the so-called "Big Three" health care real estate investment trusts (REITs) in the U.S.

Local, Woman-Owned Businesses

Enjoy!