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Women's History Month

Women's History Month is a nationally recognized month of observance intended to highlight the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. In the United States, March was officially designated by Congress as Women’s History Month in 1987.

Background History

In 1979, the public school district of Sonoma, California, inaugurated the first national Women's History Week, a celebration designed to take place around the week of March 8 (International Women's Day). In 1981, responding to the growing popularity of the event, the United States Congress passed a resolution formally recognizing Women's History Week. Soon after, schools across the country began to have their own local celebrations. The following year, leaders from the California group shared their project at the Women's History Institute at Sarah Lawrence College. Other participants decided to initiate their own local Women's History Week projects, and also agreed to support an effort to lobby Congress to declare a national Women's History Month.

Maryland, Pennsylvania, Alaska, New York, Oregon, and other states developed and distributed curriculum materials in all of their public schools, which prompted educational events such as essay contests. Within a few years, thousands of schools and communities were celebrating National Women's History Week. They planned and delivered engaging and educational programs about women's roles in history and society, with support and encouragement from governors, city councils, school boards, and the U.S. Congress. In 1987, Congress expanded the focus of the celebrations to last a whole month.

Calendar of Local Events for Women’s History Month 2014

Coming soon!


Tuesday, March 11, 2014
LunaFest Women's Film Festival
Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, 508 S. Main Street, Moscow
Reception 6:30 p.m., Films 7:30 p.m.
A national touring film festival showcasing original short films by, for, and about women. Preceded by a reception and social with live music, beverages by Camas Prairie Winery, and appetizers by Gnosh. Tickets on sale starting early March at the Women's Center and Book People of Moscow. Cost: $8 (films only), $15 (reception and films). Students: $3 (films only), $10 (reception and films).

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Virginia Wolf Distinguished Service Awards
Summit Conference Rooms, Idaho Commons, U-Idaho campus
4:00-6:00 pm
An awards ceremony and reception honoring gender justice activists on campus and in the community. Nominate someone!

Check back soon for further event updates!