Ricki_WaltersBy Ricki Walters, Regional Diversity Trainer/Investigator

Women’s History Month began in the U.S. in 1978 when Sonoma County, California declared the week of March 8 as Women’s History Week. They chose this week because International Woman’s Day is celebrated on March 8. Three years later, Congress established National Women’s History Week, and then in 1987, Congress expanded the weeklong celebration to a month. This commemoration was established to help ensure that the impact women have had on our history is part of our children’s education.

You can find more information about Women’s History Month and some wonderful women’s biographies at www.infoplease.com/spot/womenshistory1.html or at http://www.nwhp.org/whm/history.php.