Women’s History Month is dedicated to reflecting on the often-overlooked contributions of women in United States history. It all began in 1978 when the school district of Sonoma in California organized a week long celebration of women’s contributions to culture, history, and society. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8th National Women’s History Week. The U.S. Congress followed suit the next year, passing a resolution establishing a national celebration. Six years later, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the event to the entire month of March.
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH AT THE YMCA
When the YMCA was founded by George Williams in 1844, it was a societal group open only to men. Over time, the YMCA has grown to become an international movement that welcomes all people. Throughout the Y’s 178-year history, some incredible women have helped expand the work of the Y and strengthened the Y’s ability to serve communities around the world. We are proud to honor these women today as a part of the Y’s celebration of Women’s History Month.