8 Women Dream Personal Development Newsletter Issue #7
March 14, 2012
March is Women’s History Month!
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Happy Women’s History Month!
According to Wikipedia, Women’s History Month can trace its beginnings back to the first International Women’s Day in 1911. In 1978, the school district of Sonoma, California, participated in Women’s History Week, an event designed around the week of March 8 (International Women’s Day).
Ironic, since 8 Women Dream was born in Sonoma County, California. Maybe it’s something in our water?
In 1981, responding to the growing popularity of Women’s History Week, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland) co-sponsored the first Joint Congressional Resolution proclaiming a “Women’s History Week.” This week was well received, and soon after, schools across the country began to have their own local celebrations.
The next year, leaders from the California group shared their project at the Women’s History Institute at Sarah Lawrence College. Other participants not only became determined to begin their own local Women’s History Week projects, but also agreed to support an effort to have Congress declare a national Women’s History Month.
In 1987 Congress expanded the focus to a whole month. Within a few years, thousands of schools and communities got on the bandwagon of National Women’s History Week. They planned engaging and stimulating programs about women’s roles in history and society, with support and encouragement from governors, city councils, school boards, and the U.S. Congress.
In honor of Women’s History Month, we hope that you will pay attention to the things in your life that feed your creativity, and use this spring as a time to renew your commitment to working on your dream.
We appreciate your kindness in stopping by the 8 Women Dream website and reading our stories.Â We are grateful for your honest feedback and willingness to take the time to comment on our stories.
In honor of International Women’s Day, Cindy Breilh, the national director of Women of Vision offered 8 Women Dream readers 7 easy ways for women to provide for daughters, sisters and mothers — women around the world, right in our own neighborhoods and here at home.
If you are looking for ways to honor the women that have made a difference in your life during the month of March, Cindy’s tips are a great place to find ideas to celebrate Women’s History Month and honor the women who have helped you become the amazing woman that you are!
March 2012 marks the celebration of National Women’s History Month in which the theme is “Women’s Education — Women’s Empowerment.”
The Smithsonian and the American Museum of Art have chosen to honor Annie Leibovitz, one of the worlds best known living American Photographers. There are a few incredible women trailblazers who have gone before us in photography, carving the not-so-straight path to following and living our dreams.
What if — just by following her dreams — she impacts the dreams of others?