March: Women's History Month
Before the 1970s, the topic of women’s history was largely missing from general public consciousness. To address this situation, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women initiated a “Women’s History Week” celebration in 1978 and chose the week of March 8 to coincide with International Women’s Day.
The celebration was met with positive response, and schools began to host their own Women’s History Week programs. The next year, leaders from the California group shared their project at a 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 Week.
In 1981, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Rep. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) cosponsored the first Joint Congressional Resolution proclaiming a “Women’s History Week.”
In 1987, the National Women’s History Project petitioned Congress to expand the celebration to the entire month of March. Since then, the National Women’s History Month Resolution has been approved every year with bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.
Video from the History Channel
Dawn Letson befriended a World War II veteran who was a member of the Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program, and shares her films from WASP training camp.
Women in the Cockpit (3:52)
On the Shelf at DU
Read this book then come to the lecture and book signing to hear the author speak in person! See below for details. DU is a sponsor of the GRCC diversity lecture series of which this lecture is a part.
Free Lecture and Book Signing
When: Wed, March 13, 2013
Who: Susan Cain, author and lecturer
What: Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Susan Cain is a former corporate lawyer and negotiations consultant—and a self-described introvert. Her book has sparked a genuine national conversation about introverts. Although our culture undervalues them dramatically, introverts have made some of the great contributions to society—from Chopin's nocturnes to the invention of the personal computer to Gandhi's transformative leadership. Based on intensive research in psychology and neurobiology, Cain argues that we design our schools, workplaces, and religious institutions for extroverts, and that this bias creates a waste of talent, energy, and happiness.
All lectures begin at 7:00 pm at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI. For more information, please call (616) 234-3390.