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Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society and has been observed annually in the month of March in the United States since 1987. The month is a dedicated to reflect on the often-overlooked contributions of women to United States history.



Weekly Spotlight and Unsung Heroes Series

In celebration of Women's History Month, we will be placing a weekly Spotlight on a critical current event that is of great impact and importance to us all. Additionally, we will be honoring several "Unsung Heroes" who have played a pivotal role in history or the way we live our lives today, but their names and corresponding accomplishments are unknown to most.


Spotlight Series: Origin of Women's History Month

Women’s History Month began as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, California. The Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women planned and executed a “Women’s History Week” celebration in 1978. The organizers selected the week of March 8 to correspond with International Women’s Day. Read More (Spotlight Series: Origin of Women's History Month)

Spotlight Series: “Shecession”

“Shecession” is a recently coined term to capture a recent situation where women lost their jobs in greater numbers than men did as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More (Spotlight Series: “Shecession”)

Spotlight Series: Violence Against Women

Globally, almost one-third of women aged 15-49 years who have been in a relationship report that they have been subjected to some form of physical and/or sexual violence by their intimate partner, however, violence against women is preventable. Read More (Spotlight Series: Violence Against Women)

Spotlight Series: Pay Inequality

Over the course of the second half of the 20th century, women’s participation in the labor force has grown significantly. Women are pursuing higher education and working longer hours in larger numbers, yet despite this progress, significant wage gaps continue to persist between men and women. Read More (Spotlight Series: Pay Inequality)