Women's History Month

The first International Women's Day was celebrated on March 8, 1911. The United Nations has sponsored this celebration since 1975. International Women's Day is a global celebration of the social, political, and economic achievements of women - it still takes place on March 8 each year.

Our national celebration of women first began in 1978 as a celebration in a California school district. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter declared proclaimed the week of March 8 as National Women's History week, and several years later it was extended to the entire month of March. The United States has celebrated Women's History Month during March since 1987.