March is Women’s History Month and March 8th is International Women’s Day!
Ladies, this month we’re celebrating us although I think women deserve a celebration every day!
I find it exceptionally appropriate that during Women’s History Month I will be turning in a final paper for my historiography class (I’m pursuing a Masters in Public History). The topic of my paper is “Desperate Housewives or Happy Homemakers: The Historiography of the Cult of Domesticity in the United States.” In my paper I discuss the Cult of Domesticity and its relationship with the first and second waves of feminism in the United States.
I’ve come across a lot of interesting discussions about women’s history, especially relating to the fact that before the 1960’s, women’s history was a non-subject! In fact, even today I have been hard pressed to find many male scholars that have written about the subject at all.
About Women’s History Month
Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass 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 Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 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, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”
From the Law Library of Congress’ guide to the legislative history of Women’s History Month.
Crash Course in US History- Women in the 19th century
Google’s International Women’s Day Doodle 2014
19th Century Historical Women
In the 19th Century, the United States was changing rapidly, as we noted in the recent Market Revolution and Reform Movements episodes. Things were also in a state of flux for women. The reform movements, which were in large part driven by women, gave these self-same women the idea that they could work on their own behalf, and radically improve the state of their own lives. So, while these women were working on prison reform, education reform, and abolition, they also started talking about equal rights, universal suffrage, temperance, and fair pay. Women like Susan B. Anthony, Carry Nation, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the Grimkés, and Lucretia Mott strove tirelessly to improve the lot of American women, and it worked, eventually. John will teach you about the Christian Temperance Union, the Seneca Falls Convention, the Declaration of Sentiments, and a whole bunch of other stuff that made life better for women.
About International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day has been observed since in the early 1900’s, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.
Women’s History Month Primary Sources
- Women’s History
Exhibitions, special presentations, lesson plans and other materials gathered from throughout the Library of Congress on the topic of Women’s History.
- Women Pioneers in American Memory
- Women’s Suffrage
This primary source set includes images, sound files, song sheets, political cartoons and maps and charts to help teach about women’s suffrage in America.
- Women’s Words of Wisdom
Kids Can Celebrate International Women’s Day, Too!
International Women’s Day is coming up on March 8th. There are so many fun ways to teach your kids about some of the most famous women in history, and I have a perfect option for you today, with this wonderful worksheet provided by Little Passports. You can also find the answers at the Little Passports Blog, just in case you need to brush up on your history before sharing with your little ones!
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