Women's History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981. President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the week beginning March 7, 1982 as "Women's History Week". Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women's History Month. Since 1995, annual proclamations have been made designating the month of March as "Women's History Month."

- From the Law Library of Congress' guide to the legislative history of Women's History Month.

For more information about Women's History Month visit: Edutopia

2015: Empowering Women - Empowering Humanity:
Picture It!


March 8th, 2015

International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

This year’s theme, “Empowering Women - Empowering Humanity: Picture It!" envisions a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination.

In 2015, International Women’s Day will highlight the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments 20 years ago that sets the agenda for realizing women’s rights. While there have been many achievements since then, many serious gaps remain. This is the time to uphold women’s achievements, recognize challenges, and focus greater attention on women’s rights and gender equality to mobilize all people to do their part.


For more information about International Women's Day visit the United Nations website.


What Are You Waiting For? -Get Involved

Global Women’s Day Festival will be held in multiple cities in 2016 and includes Washington D.C.

Use your voice via social media:

- #MakeItHappen
- #womensday
- #IWD2015
- #internationalwomensday
- #PaintItPurple
- And watch out for even more #hashtag activism from loads of great groups all around the world


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County of Riverside Commission for Women
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Riverside, CA92501
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