Women's History Month is a time to highlight the contributions of women to events throughout history. This annual celebration comes from the first International Women's Day in 1911. The day, now observed each year on March 8, is a time of global recognition of the economic, political, and social achievements of women.
In 1978, a school district in California participated in Women's History Week. In response to the popularity of the event, Congress passed a formal decree, or ruling, recognizing Women's History Week as a national holiday. Several years later, Congress legally expanded the celebration, making March what we know today as Women's History Month.
Check out these Scholastic News Online stories that celebrate the determination and courage of women.
- U.S. Senator Susan Collins and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro talk about life in Congress and share ways that kids can improve their leadership skills.
- Scholastic Kid Reporter Annie Vernick sat down with robotics pioneer Cynthia Breazeal, who shared her thoughts on women and technology.
- Check out what journalist and activist Gloria Steinem had to say to Scholastic News Online about the women's rights movement.
- Women working in education talk about what it takes to lead.
- Learn all about women working in government at the local and state levels.
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