Providing Healing, Promoting Hope
The Federal Energy and Regulatory Commission (FERC) joins the Nation in commemorating Women’s History Month this March by celebrating the achievements of women and their contributions to our Nation’s history.
Women’s History Month was first celebrated as Women’s History Week in 1978 by educators in Santa Rosa, California to increase awareness of women’s contributions to society. In 1981, Congress passed Public Law 97-28, which authorized the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982, as “Women’s History Week.” Over the next five years, Congress passed joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Public Law 100-9 which expanded the week-long observance to “Women’s History Month” and further raised awareness of the achievements of American women.
Each year, the National Women’s History Alliances chooses a theme for Women’s History Month. The 2022 Women’s History Month theme is “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.” This year, Women’s History Month takes on added significance as we commemorate the two-year anniversary of the largest pandemic in modern history, the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As we mourn the loss of those who have died and continue to struggle to rebuild our communities in the face of this epidemic, we are also reminded of the thousands of women who have devoted their lives to caring for others and providing hope during times of crisis.
Beyond the theme of the year, FERC would like to acknowledge the dedication of Women EmPOWERing Women (WeW) employee resource group and their allies who are actively engaged in efforts to ensure gender equity and address gender concerns within the Commission.
For more information on Women’s History Month or to learn how to get involved with FERC employee resource groups that promote D&I efforts, check out the links below: