How Women’s History Month Started

Did you know that March is Women’s History Month? Here at OneEighty, we love the opportunity to celebrate the amazing accomplishments women have made—both in historical settings and in individual recovery situations. But women’s history hasn’t always received much recognition.

Women’s History Month has its roots in Women’s Day, an event that was first held in New York City in 1909 in recognition of the one year anniversary of women’s labor protests. While Women’s Day was soon observed in many European countries, things didn’t progress much in Ohio or the rest of the United States until the 1970s.

In 1978, a group in California decided to create Women’s History Week in an attempt to highlight the many contributions women have made throughout history—especially since many history books at the time almost entirely ignored these contributions. The event was quite popular, with school essay contests, special presentations, and even a parade.

The event gained enough recognition that in 1980, President Jimmy Carter established the first official nationwide Women’s History Week (which went from March 2-8). The idea continued to grow, and some areas began implementing month long celebrations. Eventually, Women’s History Month was officially passed by Congress in 1987.

Just like women can make great strides in recovery, so too has our country improved its recognition of women’s historical contributions. But there’s still progress to be made! Make sure you help others learn about women’s history during this month!