SWIC Library joins with the campus community in celebrating diversity! This month our three campus libraries present HERstory, a celebration of women’s history, honoring and acknowledging the contributions of women as innovators, writers, scientists, artists, intellects, activists, social reformers, and more!
The Belleville library features Valiant Women of the Vote - a visual history honoring the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment. A collage of history and photos is sure to inspire and encourage everyone to exercise their right to vote! The display also showcases Women and Labor - stop by for a selfie with Rosie the Riveter! Additional sections highlight the history of Women Through the Ages, Women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, and Women on the Rise. Finally, don’t miss the inspirational quotes from eleven notable women in our display, “That’s What She Said!” Library materials are highlighted below and in the sections to the left.
About 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. The movement spread across the country as other communities initiated their own Women’s History Week celebrations the following year. In 1980, a consortium of women’s groups and historians—led by the National Women’s History Project (now the National Women's History Alliance)—successfully lobbied for national recognition. In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th 1980 as National Women’s History Week.
Subsequent Presidents continued to proclaim a National Women’s History Week in March until 1987 when Congress passed Public Law 100-9, designating March as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, each president has issued an annual proclamation designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”
The National Women’s History Alliance selects and publishes the yearly theme. The 2020 Women’s History Month theme is “Valiant Women of the Vote.” The theme honors "the brave women who fought to win suffrage rights for women, and for the women who continue to fight for the voting rights of others."