About Women's History Month
Since 1987, the month of March has been recognized as National Women's History Month in the United States.
A time to study and celebrate women's history, national Women's History Month began in 1978 as a Women's History Week in Sonoma County, California. The Education Task Force of the county's Commission on the Status of Women scheduled this first observance for the week of March 8, specifically to include International Women's Day.
In 1981, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Representative Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) introduced the Joint Congressional Resolution that turned Sonoma County's annual celebration into National Women's History Week. It was celebrated as such every March, during the week of International Women's Day. In 1986, the National Women's History Project successfully petitioned Congress to declare all of March National Women's History Month. Every year, since then, by congressional resolution and presidential proclamation, March has been Women's History Month.
2022 Women's History Month Theme
The theme for 2022 is "Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope." The 2022 Women's History theme is "...both a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all culture have provided both healing and hope throughout history." - National Women's History Alliance
Women’s History Month 2022 will take place from Tuesday, March 1-Thursday, March 31, 2022.
About the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion eBook Collection
According to LOUIS Libraries, "This perpetual access custom collection of eBooks was created by the Electronic Resources Working Group in conjunction with EBSCO for LOUIS member institutions. This collection enhances the representation of diverse cultures and viewpoints in library collections including Black Americans, LGBTQIA+, religious minorities, Indigenous peoples, Asian Americans, women, and more."
Developed by the National Women's History Museum, this video provides a brief look at the history of Women's History Month, International Women's Day, and the women who made it possible.