Throughout Women’s History Month, we celebrate the contributions of women. While it’s important to celebrate women’s history during the other 11 months, in March we can remember the sacrifices made by women, for women to help make the world, and our country, a more inclusive place. In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating 10 years of She Rocks Awards Honorees on our Facebook and Instagram! Today created a list of podcasts about remarkable ladies to listen to as well.
Here is why Women’s History Month is in March and other facts you might not know about the month-long celebration:
- The lineage of this celebration can be traced back to 1908, when 15,000 female workers marched in New York City (U.S.) as they sought more humane work hours, better pay and the right to vote. The Socialist Party of America would go on to declare the first national woman’s day in 1909. The first major suffragette parade took place on March 3, 1913
- In 1910, women’s rights activist Clara Zetkin proposed making the event worldwide at an International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen
- International Women’s Day was first celebrated in 1911 in Australia, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland
- The National Woman’s Party was formed in March 1917
- Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs funded by the federal government, was passed by the Senate on March 1, 1972In 1975, the United Nations formally recognized and celebrated the event for the first time.
- Women’s History Month was officially created by Congress in 1987
- In March 2020, the U.S. National Women’s Soccer team protested unequal pay (a position defended by the U.S. Soccer Federation with the claim that the women have less skill and ability than the men’s team) by turning their jerseys inside out before the start of a match.