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lundi 28 mars 2016

Women’s History Month 2016 (March). Women’s History Month Theme: “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government”


Women's History Month, in March, is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and their accomplishments throughout history and in contemporary society.


Growing out of a small-town school event in California, Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society. The United States has observed it annually throughout the month of March since 1987.


“Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government” is the theme for National Women’s History Month 2016.

The National Women’s History Month theme for 2016 honors women who have shaped America’s history and its future through their public service and government leadership. Although often overlooked and undervalued, collectively they have dramatically influenced our public policy and the building of viable institutions and organizations. From championing basic human rights to ensuring access and equal opportunity for all Americans, they have led the way in establishing a stronger and more democratic country.

Each of these public leaders succeeded against great odds. The diversity of their experiences demonstrates both the challenges and the opportunities women in public service have faced. Their ability to use the art of collaboration to create inclusive solutions and non-partisan policies, as well as their skill and determination, serve to inspire future generations. The tenacity of each Honoree underlines the fact that women from all cultural backgrounds in all levels of public service and government are essential in the continuing work of forming a more perfect union.

2016 National Women’s History Month Honorees

Sister Mary Madonna Ashton, CSJ
Public Health Leader and Minnesota Commissioner of Health
Daisy Bates
Civil Rights Organizer, Leader of the Little Rock School Integration
Sonia Pressman Fuentes
(1928 – Present)
NOW co-founder, first woman attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the EEOC
Isabel Gonzalez
Champion of Puerto Ricans securing American Citizenship
Ella Grasso
Governor of Connecticut, First Woman Governor of any US State Elected in Her Own Right
Suzan Shown Harjo
(1945 – Present)
Native American Public Policy Advocate and Journalist
Judy Hart
(1941- Present)
National Park Founding Superintendent of Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Parkand Women’s Rights National Historical Park
Oveta Culp Hobby
WWII Director of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps and first Secretary of the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
Barbara Mikulski
(1936 – Present)
Longest Serving Woman in the United States Congress
Inez Milholland
Woman Suffrage Leader and Martyr
Karen Narasaki
(1958 – Present )
Civil and Human Rights Leader
Nancy Grace Roman
(1925 – Present)
Chief of Astronomy at NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
Nadine Smith
(1965 – Present)
LGBT Civil Rights Activist and Executive Director of Equality Florida
Dorothy C Stratton
WWII Director of the SPARS (Coast Guard Women’s Reserve),
First full-time Dean of Women at Purdue University, and Executive Director of the Girl Scouts of the USA
Betty Mae ‘Pa-Tuth-Kee’ Tiger Jumper 
First woman elected Chairperson of the Seminole Tribe
becoming the first female ‘Tribal Chief’ in North America

About Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month in the United States grew out of a weeklong celebration of women’s contributions to culture, history and society organized by the school district of Sonoma, California, in 1978. Presentations were given at dozens of schools, hundreds of students participated in a “Real Woman” essay contest and a parade was held in downtown Santa Rosa.

A few years later, the idea had caught on within communities, school districts and organizations across the country. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as 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.
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