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Why Women's History Month?

"Women's History Month are among the few holidays that have remained relatively uncommercialized in the United States. No advertisements tell you what to buy, how to celebrate, or why you should do so. Yet these March commemorations reveal a great deal about the role women have played in history--as well as about how women have struggled to preserve their history" (Rosen, Ruth. "Why Women's History Month?" The Chronicle of Higher Education 46.26, 2000).

So what should you do to celebrate the month of March? Browse this guide, make comments, search Academic Search Complete, and celebrate all women around you!


News About Women From The New York Times

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Women's Studies Libguide

For a more in-depth guidance on doing research in Women's and Gender Studies, check out our Gender Studies Libguide (coming soon).

Facts For Women's History Month

National Women’s History Month’s roots go back to March 8, 1857, when women from New York City factories staged a protest over working conditions. International Women’s Day was first observed in 1909, but it wasn’t until 1981 that Congress established National Women’s History Week to be commemorated the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month. Every year since, Congress has passed a resolution for Women’s History Month, and the president has issued a proclamation.

Population: 153.6 million

Earnings: $32,649 median annual

Voting: 65%

For more statistics dealing with volunteering, sports, jobs please check U.S. Census.

(The image from Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's Party, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.)


Events on Campus

For the latest information on events to celebrate Women's History Month, please see the web page for Longwood's Women's and Gender Studies program. 

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