March is Women’s History Month! Did you know that Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981? Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields. You can read more about Women’s History Month here.
To celebrate, I’m sharing some great graphic novels that highlight women authors, illustrators, women’s stories, and more! Take a look below to see my ten picks for graphic novels you should read this month to celebrate Women’s History Month.
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March is Women’s History Month!
2010 marks the the 30th anniversary of the National Women’s History Project. This year’s theme is “Writing Women Back Into History.” Here are a few cool facts about women in United States History:
The first women’s rights convention met in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848.
Wyoming Territory was first to grant women the vote in 1869.
Edith Wharton was the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in 1921 for her novel The Age of Innocence.
Amelia Earhart became the first woman to cross the Atlantic in an airplane in 1928.
Madeleine Albright became the first female Secretary of State in 1997. In 2004, Condoleezza Rice became the second woman (& first African-American woman!) to hold that position. Five years later, in 2009, the former Senator (and First Lady) Hillary Rodham Clinton became the third female Secretary of State.
That’s just a taste of what women have done (so far) in this country. For more information on women’s history month, check out these resources:
Of course, women are vital to society every day of every year, but it sure is nice to have a month set aside to do some in-depth research on your favorite woman artist, writer, politician, musician, engineer, scientist…well, you get the picture. So, c’mon, celebrate this March by learning a little something about the history of women. ~Carol