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March 08, 2014

AskPatty Celebrates Women: Today, and All Month

Votes_for_women_buttonEvery March, we celebrate Women's History Month, an annual declared month in the United States and worldwide that highlights contributions of women to events in history.

Its origins are found in 1978 when the school district of Sonoma, California, participated in Women's History Week, a weeklong celebration designed around International Women's Day.

In 1987, Congress expanded the celebration when March was declared Women's History Month. Its official centennial was celebrated in 2011. Find out more about Women’s History Month here at the official site.

March 3rd marked 100 years since suffragists marched on Washington. Suffragists faced a difficult road in their march towards equality. Even women opposed giving women the right to vote. One letter called it "an endorsement of nagging as a national policy." The "National Policy of Nagging" Pinterest board, created by the National Archives, honors this anniversary.

International_Womens_Day_Ask_Patty_logoToday, March 8th, is International Women's Day: a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. Each year on IWD  thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. The theme this year is "Inspiring Change."

Take a moment to peruse the International Women’s Day website to learn a little more about the history of this global event, and the good work being done for women worldwide. And every day, try to do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe, and rewarding.


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