In 1911, International Women’s Day was first celebrated on March 8. It was organized by German socialists and women’s rights activists Clara Zetkin and Louise Zeitz. Many years later, the United Nations officially began celebrating International Women’s Day in 1975.
In 1978, Sonoma County schools decided to celebrate Women’s History Week during the week of March 8. The events held during the week were received positively by the community and the organizers went on to share their experience at a women’s history conference held at Sarah Lawrence College the following year. Other conference participants then brought the idea of Women’s History Week to their own communities.
In 1980, Jimmy Carter issued a Presidential Proclamation declaring the week of March 8 to be Women’s History Week in the U.S. In 1987, Congress passed a resolution expanding the celebration to the whole month of March.
Here are a few of the women’s history books available in the library catalog:
Herstory: Women Who Changed the World
edited by Ruth Ashby and Deborah Gore Ohrn ; introduction by Gloria Steinem
Damsels Not in Distress: The True Story of Women in Medieval Times
by Andrea Hopkins