Presidential Proclamation — Women’s History Month, 2014

Women's Historical ParkThe First Wave, a group of 19 life-sized bronze statues, depicts the organizers and supporters of the First Women’s Rights Convention at Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, N.Y.

Every March in the United States, National Women’s History Month celebrates the contributions of women to the nation’s history and culture. This year’s theme honoring women is “Celebrating Women Of Character, Courage, and Commitment”, according to the National Women’s History Project, an educational nonprofit group based in California.

The first steps toward successfully honoring women came in 1980 when President Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th 1980 as National Women’s History Week:

“From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.

As Dr. Gerda Lerner has noted, “Women’s History is Women’s Right.” – It is an essential and indispensable heritage from which we can draw pride, comfort, courage, and long-range vision.”

In 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9.  This law requested the President to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate activities and ceremonies.  President Reagan then issued Presidential Proclamation 5619 proclaiming March 1987 as “Women’s History Month” and calling upon all Americans to mark the month with observances to honor the achievements of American women.

President Barack Obama Women’s History Month Proclamation:

“Throughout our Nation’s history, American women have led movements for social and economic justice, made groundbreaking scientific discoveries, enriched our culture with stunning works of art and literature, and charted bold directions in our foreign policy. They have served our country with valor, from the battlefields of the Revolutionary War to the deserts of Iraq and mountains of Afghanistan. During Women’s History Month, we recognize the victories, struggles, and stories of the women who have made our country what it is today.”


  • ECU: Women’s History Month Opening Reception
    Wednesday, March 5, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Mendenhall Student Center,  Room 244.
  • What woman doesn’t like to shop? A Southern Shopping Spree is taking place!
    Raleigh Convention Center
    The Raleigh Convention Center is located adjacent to the Red Hat Amphitheater.
    500 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC
    Saturday, March 8, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Women’s Empowerment 2014 : Tyler Perry Keynote Speaker
    Created in honor of Women’s History Month, Women’s Empowerment was designed to enhance the lives of African American women by addressing issues that specifically impact their health, hearts, and pocketbooks.
    1400 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh
    Saturday, March 15, 11:00 a.m.

Thomson Reuters has developed some great resources as they invite you to join them in celebrating International Women’s Day and the role of women in bringing about positive change in the world. To mark this occasion Reuters has created a slideshow of women from across the globe, living in extraordinary times.

Women can make a difference every day if they are committed to the following: forbearance, forgiveness, integrity, love, and perseverance!