"Achievements, contributions, and developments made by women have often gone overlooked or unacknowledged throughout world history. In 1909, “National Women’s Day” was held on 28 February in New York, which was amended to “International Women’s Day” two years later. President Jimmy Carter issued a proclamation declaring the week of 8 March, 1980, as National Women’s History Week. Congress then designated the entire month of March as Women’s History Month in 1987, to raise awareness and empower women by celebrating those who have shaped society and history worldwide."
Featured image credit: Phyllis Wheatley, frontispiece courtesy of the Library of Congress.
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