Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.
March 1 marks the start of Women’s History Month, a time to honor the outstanding contributions and achievements of women in U.S. history. It brings to remembrance pioneers across a variety of fields and disciplines, such as science, medicine, politics, civil rights, education, sports, entertainment, and more. Women’s History Month began in 1978 as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, Calif. The Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women held a “Women’s History Week” celebration the week of March 8 to correspond with International Women’s Day. In 1980, a group of women’s organizations and historians, led by the National Women's History Alliance, successfully lobbied for national recognition, culminating in the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week. In 1987, Congress passed Public Law 100-9, designating March as Women’s History Month.
The 2023 Women’s History Month theme is "Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories." This theme recognizes women, past and present, who have been active in all forms of media and storytelling including print, radio, TV, stage, screen, blogs, podcasts, news, and social media. The timely theme honors women in every community who have devoted their lives and talents to producing art, pursuing truth, and reflecting the human condition decade after decade.
FERC encourages you to become an informed ally to women through the following resources: