Women’s History Month traces its origins to the first International Women’s Day in 1911. It morphed into a national Women’s History Week in February 1980 after a proclamation from President Jimmy Carter was issued, stating “…the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well…” At the time, Carter also urged the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, which has yet to be ratified.
In 1987, Congress passed designation of the month of March as Women’s History Month and requested the President’s proclamation of a year’s WHM. Since 1988, U.S. presidents have issued annual proclamations.
At Carolina, we too, celebrate Women’s History Month during the month of March. This year, we’ll also promote Gender Week during the week of March 5-9. The Carolina Women’s Center organizes numerous Gender Week events, including the University Awards for the Advancement of Women, and other departments and units across campus will be hosting special events throughout the month. For a detailed calendar of events, click here.