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March is National Women's History Month. The theme this year, Our History is Our Strength, is described by the National Women's History Project:
"Our shared history unites families, communities, and nations. Although women's history is intertwined with the history shared with men, several factors - social, religious, economic, and biological - have worked to create a unique sphere of women's history."
The National Women's History Project web site also describes the background of Women's History Month:
"Before the 1970's, 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."
There is a wealth of information available on the Internet relating to women's history.
The Library of Congress has a fabulous collection of photographs available at http://womenshistorymonth.gov/photos.html. They also have have many online Exhibits and Collections (http://womenshistorymonth.gov/collections.html) on topics ranging from Arts & Folklife to Women & War.
History.com (the web site of the History Channel) has videos and photo galleries available on their site at http://www.history.com/topics/womens-history-month.
(Photo above: Amelia Earhart (1897-1937); photo from Library of Congress)