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What Is Women's History Month?

Congress declared March Women’s History Month in 1987.  The month is dedicated to celebrating women—both in history and today—who have helped weave the stories of women's lives.  These women range from everyday heroes such as mothers and teachers to historical women such as Memphian Ida B. Wells-Barnett who worked to end segregation and racism and Frances Perkins who was the first woman to hold a position in the President's Cabinet.

Before the celebration of women's history lasted an entire month, it was only a week.  In 1980, President Jimmy Carter made an address designating March 2-8 of that year Women's History Week.  In his speech, he said, "As Dr. Gerda Lerner has noted, 'Women’s History is Women’s Right.' – It is an essential and indispensable heritage from which we can draw pride, comfort, courage, and long-range vision."

If you would like more information about WHM, you can visit the official government webpage for Women’s History Month.

The National Women’s History Project has a website dedicated to Women’s History Month.

If you are looking for academic resources on Women’s History Month, try Discovering American Women’s History Online.  The University of Memphis Libraries has a section on Women's History Month of their Women's and Gender Studies Guide. They also have a guide on Tennessee Women Making History.

The University of Memphis is celebrating Women’s History Month with a variety of exciting events.  We hope you will join us for the celebration!  Check out our 2015 calendar!

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