National Women's History Month has been celebrated in the United States since 1987.
And so in the 1970s many universities began to include the fields of women's history and the broader field of women's studies. In 1978 in California, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women began a "Women's History Week" celebration. The week was chosen to coincide with International Women's Day, March 8, first celebrated in 1911 in Europe."
Only three years later, the United States Congress passed a resolution establishing National Women's History Week. In 1987 Congress passed another resolution prolonging the week into an entire month, and thus began National Women's History Month as it is celebrated today.
Even with women's latest acheivements, the status of women in the United States--indeed, around the world--is still far from equal. The Equal Rights Amendment is a prime example of the lingering oppression women face. In 1923, the ERA was introduced to Congress.
Today women all around the country band together in organizations created to stop oppression on all fronts.
V Day is a global campaign to stop all violence against women and girls.
V Day's College Campaign is a world-wide movement where college and university members present benefit productions of
Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues on or around V Day (February 14th) to raise money for local organizations that
are working to stop this violence. This year, students at The Evergreen State College produced The Vagina Monologues,
where all proceeds benefited The
Safeplace in Olympia, Washington.
This is just one example of the action the women and girls are taking to create a safer, better world for their sisters, daughters, brothers, and sons to grow up in.