NATIONAL WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
The National Park Service proudly commemorates Women's History Month throughout March and welcomes everyone to help celebrate and learn about women's achievements and contributions to our Nation. With the theme of "Womens Education-Womens Empowerment, the National Park Service presents a series of exhibits, programs and events that are directly connected to and support this theme and concept. Learning about women's tenacity, courage, and creativity throughout the centuries is a tremendous source of strength for all. This calendar of events presents highlights of efforts that National Park Service staff has created to enrich and detail the work performed at the many sites listed that complete the unique sphere of women's history.
March Highlights in U.S. Women's History
March 1, 1978- Women's History Week is first observed in Sonoma County , California
March 1, 1987- A Congressional resolution designating March as Women's History Month is passed
March 4, 1917- Jeannette Rankin (R-MT) took her seat as the first female member of Congress
March 8 -International Women's Day; its origins trace back to protests in US and Europe to honor and fight for the political rights for working women
March 11, 1993- Janet Reno is confirmed as the first woman U.S. Attorney General
March 12, 1912 - Juliette Gordon Low assembled 18 girls together in Savannah , Georgia for the first-ever Girl Scout meeting
March 13, 1986 -Susan Butcher won the first of 3 straight and 4 total Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Races in Alaska
March 17, 1910-Camp Fire Girls is established as the first American interracial, non-sectarian organization for girls
March 20, 1852- Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, "Uncle Tom's Cabin," is published and becomes the best-selling book of the 19th century
March 21, 1986- Debi Thomas becomes first African American woman to win the World Figure Skating Championship
March 23, 1917- Virginia Woolf establishes the Hogarth Press with her husband, Leonard Woolf
March 31, 1888- The National Council of Women of the U.S. is organized by Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Julia Ward Howe, and Sojourner Truth, among others; it is the oldest non-sectarian women's organization in U.S.
March 31, 1776- Abigail Adams writes to her husband John who is helping to frame the Declaration of Independence: "Remember the ladies..."
March 5, 1931 - Geraldyn (Jerrie) Cobb, record-setting aviator; first woman to pass qualifying exams for astronaut training, in 1959, but not allowed to train because of her gender
March 7, 1938 - Janet Guthrie, pioneering woman auto racer; first woman to compete in Indianapolis 500 (1977) and Daytona 500 (1977)
March 9, 1928 (1987) - Graciela Olivarez, Chicana activist; first woman and Latina law graduate from Notre Dame Law School; one of first two women on the board of Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF)
March 15, 1933 - Ruth Bader Ginsburg, second female U.S. Supreme Court justice (1993)
March 18, 1964 - Bonnie Blair, speed skater; one of the most successful Winter Olympian in U.S. history and 5 time gold medalist
March 23, 1857 (1915) - Fannie Farmer, authored famous cookbook, "The Boston Cooking-School Cookbook", and included specific ingredient measurements for the first time which would become standardized cooking measurements
March 23, 1924 (1980) - Bette Nesmith Graham, invented Liquid Paper correction fluid which became an office staple; created 2 foundations to support women's business/ art
March 24, 1826 (1898) - Matilda Joslyn Gage, suffragist, women's rights and Native American rights activist, historian, founding member of the National Woman Suffrage Association
March 24, 1912 (2010) - Dorothy Height, served over 40 years as President of the National Council of Negro Women
March 25, 1934 - Gloria Steinem, women's rights activist and journalist; founding editor of Ms. Magazine; helped found National Women's Political Caucus, the Women's Action Alliance, and the Coalition of Labor Union Women
March 26, 1930 - Sandra Day O'Connor, first woman U.S. Supreme Court Justice (1981)
March 27, 1924 (1990) - Sarah Vaughan, world renown jazz singer and pianist known as the "Divine One"
March 31, 1889 (1975) - Muriel Wright, Choctaw Indian, teacher, historian, author, and editor
Women's History Sites under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service (This is not an all inclusive listing):
Clara Barton National Historic Site, Glen Echo, Maryland
Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, Hyde Park, New York
Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, Richmond, Virginia
Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, National Historic Site, Washington D.C.
Sewall-Belmont House National Historic Site, Washington D.C.
Women's Rights National Historic Park, Seneca Falls, New York
WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH -A National Register of Historic Places Feature visit www.cr.nps.gov/nr/feature/wom .
Heritage news - www.nps.gov/history/womenhistory/index.htm
Listing of statues to visit in honor of women within the Washington metro area:
Ester Morris, Wyoming's "Mother of Women's Suffrage," U.S. Capitol Building
Frances Willard, temperance activist, U.S. Capitol Building
Grief, the Adams Memorial, Rock Creek Cemetery, Rock Creek Church Rd., N.W.
Jane A. Delano, American Red Cross Headquarters, 17th & E St. N.W.
Joan of Arc, Meridian Hill Park, 16th & Euclid Street, N.W.
Jeanette Rankin, first female member of Congress, U.S. Capitol Building
Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial, Lincoln Park, 13th & East Capitol Street, S.E.
Negro Women and Child, Courtyard, Dept. of Interior, 18th & C Street, N.W.
Nuns of the Battlefield, 17th & M Street, N.W.
The Suffrage Movement, U.S. Capitol Building
Vietnam Women's Memorial, 21st & Constitution Ave. N.W.
Women in the Military Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery
For information on Women's History sites outside of the metropolitan area, please contact the National Park Service Office of Public Inquiries at 202-208-4747.
Please contact the Smithsonian Institution on major Smithsonian programs related to Womens History at 202-357-2700.
Dates and times are subject to change; please verify information before attending any programs by calling the park or Calendar Editor, Toni Braxton at 202-619-7222. All events are FREE unless otherwise noted.
This Calendar of Events was compiled as a courtesy of:
National Capital Region
Office of Communications
Calendar Editor: Toni Braxton