Highlights in Women’s History to kick off Women’s History Month

March Highlights in US Women’s History

March 1, 1978 – Women’s History Week is first observed in Sonoma County, California

March 1, 1987 – A Congressional resolution designating March as Women’s History Month is passed

March 4, 1917– Jeannette Rankin (R-MT) took her seat as the first female member of Congress

March 8 – International Women’s Day; its origins trace back to protests in US and Europe to honor and fight for the political rights for working women

March 11, 1993 – Janet Reno is confirmed as the first woman U.S. Attorney General

March 12, 1912 – Juliette Gordon Low assembled 18 girls together in Savannah, Georgia, for the first-ever Girl Scout meeting

March 13, 1986 – Susan Butcher won the first of 3 straight and 4 total Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Races in Alaska

March 17, 1910 – Camp Fire Girls is established as the first American interracial, non-sectarian organization for girls

March 20, 1852 – Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” is published and becomes the best-selling book of the 19 th century

March 21, 1986 – Debi Thomas becomes first African American woman to win the World Figure Skating Championship

March 23, 1917 – Virginia Woolf establishes the Hogarth Press with her husband, Leonard Woolf

Mar 31, 1888 – The National Council of Women of the U.S. is organized by Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Julia Ward Howe, and Sojourner Truth, among others; it is the oldest non-sectarian women’s organization in U.S.

Mar 31, 1776 – Abigail Adams writes to her husband John who is helping to frame the Declaration of Independence: “Remember the ladies…”

To learn more about Women’s History visit www.nwhp.org.

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