Celebration and Recognition
March is Women's History Month
The public celebration of women's history in this country began in 1978 as "Women's History Week" in Sonoma County, California. The week including March 8, International Women's Day, was selected. In 1981, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) co-sponsored a joint Congressional resolution proclaiming a national Women's History Week. In 1987, Congress expanded the celebration to a month, and March was declared Women's History Month. The theme for 2010 and the 30th anniversary celebration of Women’s History month is "Writing Women Back into History."
For more information visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential-proclamation-womens-history-month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Domestic violence touches the lives of Americans of all ages, leaving a devastating impact on women, men, and children of every background and circumstance. A family's home becomes a place of fear, hopelessness, and desperation when a woman is battered by her partner, a child witnesses the abuse of a loved one, or a senior is victimized by family members. Since the 1994 passage of the landmark Violence Against Women Act, championed by then Senator Joe Biden, our Nation has strengthened its response to this crime and increased services for victims. Still, far too many women and families in this country and around the world are affected by domestic violence. During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we recommit ourselves to ending violence within our homes, our communities, and our country.
For more information visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Presidential-Proclamation-National-Domestic-Violence-Awareness-Month/
National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, September 2009
On August 31, 2009, President Barack Obama Proclaimed September as National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Ovarian cancer remains the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancer among women in the United States. Every year, thousands are diagnosed and go on to fight the disease with grace and dignity.
For more information visit : http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/
Women's History Month
The National Theme for the 2009 Women's History Month Celebration, held in March, was Women: Taking the Lead to Save our Planet The FWP leads the planning and promotion of events to present Women's History Month, Administrative Professionals Week, and Women's Equality Day celebrations. Activities include speakers, videos, luncheons, field trips, poster presentations and more. A brief report out on several of our offices 2009 activities is attached.