New Castle For Inclusion & Diversity Committee Presents Women’s History Month

In recognition of Women’s History Month this month, here are a few notable milestones in March from women who have made a significant impact in America.

• March 1, 1978 – Women’s History Week is first observed in Sonoma County, California
• March 1, 1987 – Congress passes a resolution designating March as Women’s History Month
• March 3, 1913 – Women’s Suffrage Parade in Washington, DC, where over 8000 women gathered to demand a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to vote
• March 3, 1887 – Helen Keller meets Anne Sullivan, her teacher and life-long friend. Sullivan helped Keller become the first blind-deaf person to graduate from college, and the pair advocated for people with disabilities.
• March 4, 1917 – Jeannette Rankin (R-MT) took her seat as the first female member of Congress
• March 4, 1933 – Frances Perkins becomes United States Secretary of Labor, the first female member of the United States Cabinet
• March 8 – International Women’s Day, whose origins trace back to protests in the U.S. and Europe to honor and fight for the political rights for working women
• March 11, 1993 – Janet Reno is confirmed as the first woman U.S. Attorney General
• March 12, 1912 – Juliette Gordon Low assembled 18 girls together in Savannah, Georgia, for the first-ever Girl Scout meeting
• March 13, 1986 – Susan Butcher won the first of 3 straight and 4 total Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Races in Alaska
• March 17, 1910 – Camp Fire Girls is established as the first interracial, non-sectarian American organization for girls
• March 17, 2000 – Julia Roberts becomes the first female actor ever to earn $20 million for a single film in Erin Brockovich.
• March 20, 1852 – Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” is published and becomes the best-selling book of the 19th century
• March 21, 1986 – Debi Thomas becomes first African American woman to win the World Figure Skating Championship
• March 22, 1972 – Congress passes the Equal Rights Amendment, which granted equal rights for women but was never ratified by the required number of states.
• March 23, 1917 – Virginia Woolf establishes the Hogarth Press with her husband, Leonard Woolf
• March 28, 1982 – First NCAA women’s college basketball national championship game: Louisiana Tech vs. Cheyney 76-62. (Before it was the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.)
• March 31, 1888 – Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Julia Ward Howe and Sojourner Truth, among others, organize The National Council of Women of the U.S., the oldest American non-sectarian women’s organization.
• March 31, 1776 – Abigail Adams writes to her husband John who is helping to frame the Declaration of Independence and cautions, “Remember the ladies…”