Women’s History Month: Timeline of the Movement, Who to Follow, Stories to Share

Women’s History Month: Timeline of the Movement, Who to Follow, Stories to Share

With so many important stories to share during Women’s History Month, where in the world do we begin? The story of the movement itself comes to mind. The location: New York City. The year: 1908.

Women’s History Month: A timeline of the movement

This Time article and the National Women’s History Project already do a fine job of telling the story of Women’s History Month in narrative format.

For the timeline of events at a glance, there is this:

1908 – Thousands of women march for economic rights in New York City garment worker’s strikes

1909 – Socialist Party of America organizes the first Women’s Day in New York City, a national observance of the first anniversary of the garment worker’s strikes

1911 – By this time, observance of Women’s Day has spread throughout Europe

1978 – Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women initiates Women’s History Week, a response to the lack of inclusion of women’s history in K through 12 education

1979 – The Women’s History Institute at Sarah Lawrence College hears about the success of the Women’s History Week in California, initiates similar observances across the country, and advocates for a National Women’s History Week

1980 – President Jimmy Carter issues the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the week of March 8th (International Women’s Day) as National Women’s History Week

1981 – The first National Women’s History Week is observed; the week raises education awareness, inspiring one state after another to incorporate women’s history into their curriculum

1986 – 14 states recognize the entire month of March as Women’s History Month

1987 – Congress formally declares March as National Women’s History Month

Discovering stories: Follow these organizations

National Women’s History Project

This is the organization that led the coalition lobbying Congress to establish Women’s History Month in the first place. Though the month of March is intended to celebrate all women’s history, the NWHP designates its own theme every year.

Twitter: @officialNWHP



Sheroes of History

This is a fun, super-comprehensive women’s history blog with bios dating all the way back to the 10th century. It’s run by a woman with several years of museum education experience, so she knows her stuff.

Twitter: @SheroesHistory





National Women’s History Museum

This is an online museum but they’re lobbying Congress to build a physical site in the National Mall in Washington, D.C. But as you’ll see, they do a pretty great job telling women’s stories in the exhibits they have on their website.

Twitter: @womenshistory





National Museum of Women in the Arts

This is the only museum in the world solely dedicated to celebrating women in the arts. It’s located in Washington, D.C., but you can view exhibit highlights and artist profiles on their website. Plus, they share good stuff via their social media platforms.

Twitter: @WomenInTheArts





Other Links

My Women’s History Twitter list (includes organizations dedicated to the stories of Clara Barton, Susan B. Anthony, and Florence Nightingale)

Susan Ozmore on Pinterest (impressive collection of pins on women’s history)

Infoplease Biographies of Notable Women (pretty comprehensive list organized into categories)

Sharing stories: Whose life inspires you?

Will you share it in the comments? Her name, the gist of her story, and/or why she matters so much to you. Please include a link to where we can learn more.

I’ll start.

Here’s a piece I wrote about Emily Dickinson, whose story I was drawn to because of the social anxiety I thought we shared. (It turns out that interpretation is up for debate.)

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Graduate student at Antioch Los Angeles working on an M.A. in Clinical Psychology. Writing background covering mental health, financial literacy, and social issues. Creative writing, too--plays, screenplays, and currently chipping away at a short story collection.

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