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Celebrating Women Who Shaped the World!
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Women's History Month

As recently as the 1970's, women's history was virtually an unknown topic in 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 for 1978.
 
In February, 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8, 1980 as "National Women's History Week." As word spread rapidly across the nation, state departments of education encouraged celebrations of National Women's History Week. Within a few years, thousands of schools and communities were celebrating National Women's History Week, supported and encouraged by resolutions from governors, city councils, school boards and the U.S. Congress. 
 
Lady eating saladBy 1986, 14 states had already declared March as Women's History Month. This momentum and state-by-state action was used as the rational to lobby Congress to declare the entire month of March 1987 as National Women's History Month. In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women's History Month in perpetuity. A special Presidential Proclamation is issued every year which honors the extraordinary achievements of American women. 
 
Learn about healthy habits on March 6 at the Women’s Health and Informational Fair at Main Library
 
Women's History Month Events at Broward County Libraries

On Exhibit: Hallandale Beach Library; She - An Art Display, Miramar Branch Library & Education Center; The First Ladies Madame Alexander Doll Collection, Main Library; National League of Pen Women Art Show, North Regional/Broward College Library; 12 Voices Speaking for Art - A Women’s Art Collective, Northwest Regional Library; Famous Women, Riverland; My Life in Paintings by Betty Pinkney, South Regional/Broward College Library; Art by Mirianne Jean-Jacques and Photography by Laura Volk, M. Ed., Southwest Regional Library; Herstory, Tyrone Bryant Library; 50 Years Prospective of  An American Woman, West Regional Library

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