WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH 2023
March 01, 2023 - Announcements
Dear AMDA Community,
Our community here at AMDA has always emphasized the importance and beauty behind sharing your personal stories with the world. As Women’s History Month begins, we invite you all to embrace this year’s theme of “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.” This theme recognizes "women, past and present, who have been active in all forms of media and storytelling including print, radio, TV, stage, screen, blogs, podcasts, news, and social media."
Since 1987, the United States has formally recognized March as National Women’s History Month. But the month-long commemoration grew out of a single day in 1978 called Women’s History Day, organized by the school district of Sonoma, California. Hundreds of students participated in essay competitions and delivered presentations on notable women and their contributions to society and worldwide culture. A few years later, school districts, communities, and organizations all over the country were celebrating the day. In 1980, the National Women’s History Alliance championed for the holiday to be observed as a national week, which was fully supported by President Jimmy Carter. He issued the first proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week. The following year, Congress forwarded a resolution establishing a national observance. Six years later, the expansion of the event to the whole month of March was successfully petitioned for by the National Women’s History Project.
March 8 remains an important date within the month, celebrated annually for International Women’s Day (IWD). IWD is a global day for celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity, this year utilizing the hashtag #EmbraceEquity.
Women’s History Month and IWD both focus on the kind of values and goals we strive to maintain and achieve here at AMDA. Inclusivity, diversity, passion and excitement in supporting each other’s differences. It is by celebrating and accepting each other that we can all gain strength in our shared community.
We recommend exploring the sites below for more information on iconic women both past and present.
Let’s learn their stories and continue to be inspired by them long past the end of March.
Chief of Staff