Women’s History Month: The 2023 theme, why we celebrate and everything else you need to know
Women’s History Month is observed every March. Although it has not always been a month-long celebration, it now takes place from March 1 through the end of the month.
Women’s History Month is a time to honor the women who have made important sacrifices and contributions to society in both the past and present.
Each year, a different theme is named for the celebration that is chosen by the National Women’s History Alliance. The 2023 theme is “Celebrating Women Who Tell Stories,” which recognizes “women, past and present, who have been active in all forms of media and storytelling including print, radio, TV, stage, blogs, podcasts, news and social media,” according to the National Women’s History Alliance website.
Women’s History Month is celebrated as a way to honor the contributions women have made to society throughout history. It is a month that is focused on educating people about the important impacts powerful women have made, in both the past and the present.
Though the list is long, some popular historical figures who are often studied and recognized during the month of March are Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart and Maya Angelou.
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In 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated 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 1988, U.S. presidents have issued annual proclamations designating the month of March as Women’s History Month on occasion. >>READ MORE