Women’s History Month

Women Marching

Every year since 1995, March has been designated as “Women’s History Month” by Presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history. The National Women’s History Alliance, which was instrumental in establishing the celebratory month, selects and publishes the theme each year. The 2020 Women’s History Month theme is “Valiant Women of the Vote,” recognizing the enactment of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote and more importantly memorializing the women of the past who fought for that right and the women of today who continue to fight for voting rights around the world.

Women’s History Month began as a week-long local celebration in Santa Rosa, California in 1978. The Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women planned and executed the first “Women’s History Week” the week of March 8th to correspond with International Women’s Day. The movement spread as other communities across the United States initiated their own week-long celebrations beginning the following year.

In 1980, a consortium of women’s groups and historians led by the National Women’s History Project (now the National Women's History Alliance) successfully lobbied Congress for national recognition of Women’s History week. In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of 8 March 1980 as “National Women’s History Week.”

In 1987, after more lobbying by the National Women’s History Project, Congress began designating the entire month of March as “Women’s History Month.” Since 1995, American presidents have annually issued a proclamation designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”

Events for JSU’s Women’s History Month

Updated 3/13/2020:

JSU has cancelled all campus events until further notice. This includes all Women's History Month events.

Opportunities to Participate Throughout the Month

  • The student gallery in the Art Department will host “The Women’s History Month Exhibition” Art show. Submissions close on February 28. The kickoff for the show is March 10 from 5-7 pm. Apply to Exhibit Your Art.
  • JSU will be collecting notecards during February and March for our “Women Who Inspire Me Notecard” Project. Nominate an Inspiring Woman.
  • Throughout the month of March, get into the spirit of Women’s History Month by reading a selection from our Women's History Reading List.