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Celebrating Women – All Year Long

Women have made significant contributions toward making society what it is today. In the US, UK, and Australia, Women’s History Month acknowledges and celebrates these contributions. In 1911, the first International Women’s Day was held. In 1978, the Sonoma, California School District spawned the first Women’s History Week, commencing annually on March 8th. In 1979, Sarah Lawrence College hosted a two-week conference centered on women’s history. When its participants were informed of the success of the Sonoma County’s Women’s History Week celebration, they started similar commemorations in their organizations and school districts. Women’s History Week became a national day of celebration in the US in 1980 when then President Jimmy Carter, issued a presidential proclamation reading, in part, “From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women…