The history behind Women’s History Month

ABC News correspondent Juju Chang gives us a history lesson on how it grew into the celebration we know today.
1:48 | 03/01/21

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juju Chang to get a little history lesson on how it all grew into the celebration we now know today. It's March 1st, which marks the beginning of women's history month. A month-long celebration to honor women's often-overlooked contributions to American history. Like those of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to officially become a doctor in the United States in 1849. Sojourner truth, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, all leaders in the women's suffrage movement, and Harriet tubman who led those to freedom. But what's women's history month? It began in 1978 with a week-long celebration organized by the sonoma county commission on women. The week of March 8th was selected to correspond with international women's day, which had been celebrated around the world on March 8th, since 1911, the movement began to gain momentum and the following year other communities and school districts initiated their own celebrations of women's history week. Then in 1980, the national women's history project lobbied for national recognition and they were heard because in February of that year, president Jimmy Carter issued the first proclamation which declared the week of March 8th as national women's history week. Six years later, the same organization petitioned for an expansion on the event. And in March of 1987, congress passed public law 100-9, proclaiming March as women's history month. Now, every March, and all month long, we celebrate countless extraordinary women who have earned their place at the table. And the rest, as they say, is history. Thank you, juju Chang for that report. Up next here on "Gma3,"

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