Did you know that Women’s History Month originated in California? It started in Santa Rosa, California, as a local celebration organized by the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women in 1978. It was originally a week long celebration that took place the week of March 8th, in order to coincide with International Women’s Day. The celebration caught fire and communities across the country organized their own Women’s History Week.

In 1980, the National Women’s History Project (now know as the National Women’s History Alliance) led a consortium of women’s groups and historians in lobbying then President Jimmy Carter. President Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the week of March 8th “Women’s History Week.” Subsequent Presidents continued to proclaim National Women’s History Week until 1987 when Congress designated March “Women’s History Month” by passing Public Law 100-9.

This year the National Women’s Alliance’s theme for 2019 Women’s History Month is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence.”

SDLL is also honoring Women’s History Month’s theme with a display on our third floor. Please come into the library and check out our display and honor visionary women everywhere!