A series of poster presentations are on display in Herrick Library in honor of Women’s History Month. The posters were created by students in Prof. Vicki Eaklor’s spring semester Women in Society class.
The posters explore topics in women’s history, including women in athletics, reproductive rights, the birth control pill, and the Guerrilla Girls.
Women’s History Month became a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”