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National Women's History Month 2017

“Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business”

Women's History Month honors and celebrates the achievements and struggles of American Women throughout the history of the United States.  The 2017 theme for National Women’s History Month honors women who have successfully challenged the role of women in both business and the paid labor force.  Women have always worked, but often their work has been undervalued and unpaid.

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed a law authorizing and requesting the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week." Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as "Women’s History Week." In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed a law designating the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month." 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, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”

International Women's Day  is celebrated annually on March 8, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women's craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more.

So make a difference, think globally and act locally! Make every day International Women's Day. Celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women because visibility and awareness help drive positive change. Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.

To learn more about women’s history month visit  http://www.womenshistorymonth.gov/about/


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