Women's History Month Event - Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island

 

Women's History Month Event

Women's History Month Exhibit

Veterans Lynn Gibbs and Darrell Smith (right) view Women's History Month display. Also pictured is Veteran Beth Grady, who is Providence VAMC's Women Veterans Program Manager.

By She Served Too!
Monday, March 14, 2011

The Providence VA Medical Center is celebrating National Women's History Month, focusing on women Veterans and their contributions to our great nation. 

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.

For more information about the Providence VAMC's Women Veterans Program or the Providence VAMC in general, please click here. 

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