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March is Women’s History Month!

Come visit the Haverhill Public Library to see the display organized by members of the League of Women Voters of Greater Haverhill (LWVGH)!  

A short history of Women’s History Month: 

  • “Women’s History Week” was first initiated in 1978 by the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission to address the lack of women’s history in K-12 curriculum and in public consciousness. 
  • The week of March 8th was then chosen as the focal point of the observance.  
  • March 8th has been observed as International Women’s Day since the early 1900s. 
  • In February 1980 President Carter issued the first Presidental Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th 1980 as National Women’s History Week. 
  • By 1986, 14 states had already declared March as Women’s History Month. 
  • This momentum and state-by-state action was used as the rational to lobby Congress to declare the entire month of March 1987 as National Women’s History Month. 
  • Learn more at The National Women’s History Project website here! 
  • Check out the Women’s History Month site hosted by the Library of Congress to find more Resources, Exhibits and Collections, Audio and Video files, and more!

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