What is Women’s History Month?
It is a month dedicated to recognising of the roles and achievements women have accomplished throughout history. The celebration highlights the contributions that women have made to events throughout history.
Why do we celebrate in March?
International Women’s Day can be traced as early as the 1900s where a number of marches took place all over the world demanding fairer living including better pay, rights to vote and shorter working hours.
In line with International Women’s Day on 8th March, it was made a national occasion in the USA when President Jimmy Carter declared the first week of March to be National Women’s History week.
In the late 1980s, US congress designated March to be Women’s History month with the intension of educating children on the roles of women in society and history.
The UK adopted this celebration in 2011.
A few UK Women’s Firsts:
1991: Helen Sharman; The First British Female in Space
1918: Constance Markievicz, The first women to be elected into the British House of Commons
1976: Mary Joy Langdon, The first female fire fighter (East Sussex Brigade)
1979: Margaret Thatcher, The first female British Prime Minister
1953: Lita Rose, The first women in Britain to reach number one in the charts
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