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Women's History Month


Women's History Month

The 2016 theme is  “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.” This year we honor women who have shaped America’s history and its future through their public service and government leadership.

Union County College proudly acknowledges and celebrates the generations of women whose commitment to improve and enhance all aspects of society has proven invaluable to the betterment of the human condition.

About Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested 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 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 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” 

About - Women's History Month (Library of Congress) <http://womenshistorymonth.gov/about.html> n.d. Web. 1 March 2016.

American Women You Should Know:
Susan B. Anthony
February 15, 1820 - March 13, 1906
Key spokesperson for the 19th century women's suffrage movement; activist, reformer, teacher, lecturer. She was for abolition before she was for women’s rights.
November 12, 1815 - October 26, 1902
A leader in 19th century activism for women's suffrage; Stanton often worked with Susan B. Anthony as the theorist and writer while Anthony was the public spokesperson.
~1797 - November 26, 1883
Abolitionist, Minister, Ex-Slave, Woman's Rights Activist
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