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Women’s History Month & International Day of Women - March 8, 2023


A history of women organizing can be traced to March 8, 1857, when a group of New York women petitioned for better working conditions. Feminism, a social trend, became part of the liberal culture demanding equality in the workplace. Initially the demand for recognition of women's contributions to the culture was instigated by working women to obtain their just compensation and safe working environment.

Over the years, many groups have formed to lobby for women's rights. Women's History observance nationally began as a one-day event in 1978. It was expanded in 1982 to Women's History Week. In 1987 Congressional approval was granted for the March 1-31 observance of National Women's History month.

The National Women's History Alliance has selected the theme for 2023 as Celebrating Women Who Tell Stories. This is a tribute to all those who communicate.

International Women's Day is a global observance on March 8 which focuses on women's rights by bringing attention to issues such as gender equality, reproductive rights, violence and abuse against women. 

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