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Library and online resources celebrating Women's History Month 2023

Women's History Month

Women’s History Month began as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, California. The Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women planned a “Women’s History Week” celebration in 1978. The organizers selected the week of March 8 to correspond with International Women’s Day. 

In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th 1980 as National Women’s History Week. Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Oregon, Alaska, and other states developed and distributed curriculum materials for all of their public schools. Organizations sponsored essay contests and other special programs in their local areas. 

By 1986, 14 states had already declared March as Women’s History Month. This momentum and state-by-state action was used as the rational to lobby Congress to declare the entire month of March as National Women’s History Month. In 1987 Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month.

women's history month 2024 theme
National Women's History Alliance

The National Women’s History Month’s theme for 2024 celebrates “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.” The theme recognizes women throughout the country who understand that, for a positive future, we need to eliminate bias and discrimination entirely from our lives and institutions.

Local Events

2024 Atlantic City Women's March

Saturday, March 23 at 10am
Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall
2301 Boardwalk Atlantic City, NJ 08401