Women's Herstory Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month at USF St Petersburg

A guide to the resources and events around Women's Herstory Month at USF St Petersburg

History of Women's History Month

This video gives an introduction to the history of Women's History Month, as well as International Women's Day on March 8, which celebrated its centenary in 2014.

A Brief Introduction

  • The first National Women's History Week, the week of March 8, 1980, was declared by President Jimmy Carter.
  • President Carter proclaimed, "From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well. As Dr. Gerda Lerner has noted, 'Women’s History is Women’s Right.' It is an essential and indispensable heritage from which we can draw pride, comfort, courage, and long-range vision. I ask my fellow Americans to recognize this heritage with appropriate activities during National Women’s History Week, March 2–8, 1980. I urge libraries, schools, and community organizations to focus their observances on the leaders who struggled for equality - Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Lucy Stone, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Tubman, and Alice Paul. Understanding the true history of our country will help us to comprehend the need for full equality under the law for all our people. This goal can be achieved by ratifying the 27th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which states that 'Equality of Rights under the Law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex."
  •  Because of its popularity, Congress continued to designate a week in March as Women's History Week annually.
  • In 1987, the National Women's History Project petitioned Congress to designate the month of March as Women's History Month. Presidents have done so each year since.
  • Each year has had a theme. 2018's theme? "Nevertheless, She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination against Women"