March is National Women’s History Month. Women’s History Month is observed in the US, UK and Australia in March, and in October in Canada. It began with a single day, International Women’s Day, March 8, and it has been observed in some shape or form since 1911.  

In the 1970’s, local groups and municipalities began celebrating Women’s History Week. The movement was so popular, people began lobbying for a more formal observance, and in 1980, President Jimmy Carter designated the first official National Women’s History Week, beginning on March 8 of that year. 

Schools, universities and local governments came to realize that this period of time allowed them to not only celebrate the achievements of women, but look critically at equality and opportunities for women, and educate people on women’s history.  
It was only a matter of time before the week became a month. According to the National Women’s History Alliance, states began declaring the whole month of March as Women’s History Month all the way up until 1986, when a more national push finally made headway. The following year, Congress declared March 1987 as the first official Women’s History Month.  

Lisa Bly-Jones, Ed.D., Board Executive Director of The Workforce Connection shares her wisdom, “this year, it’s fitting to lift up the resiliency of women. Under the challenging circumstances we faced over the last year; everything from suddenly home-schooling children to being a caretaker for family members, to re-assessing careers, to staying connected in relationships. Let’s celebrate ourselves ladies – we’re worth it!” 

Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society. You will hear more from us about the fantastic women in workforce this month.

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