Celebrating Women’s History Month: Mar. 18, 2014 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

By Debra Monte, coordinator of student services, The Center for Distance Learning

March 14, 2014

Empire State College’s Center for Distance Learning in conjunction with the Office of Affirmative Action, and the Collegewide Diversity and Inclusion Committee is hosting an event to celebrate Women’s History Month, Tuesday, March 18, 2014 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 113 West Ave., Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Students and community members are invited to attend this cultural event designed to inspire and bring awareness about the history and contributions women have made through a display of art, media, selected readings and food. If you are unable to join us in person, the event will be streamed on www.esc.edu/esc-tv

Originally celebrated in the United States as International Women’s Day in 1911, the March 8 event evolved to include a weeklong celebration in the schools of Sonoma, California. In February 1980 President Jimmy Carter issued a presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8 National Women’s History Week. Finally, in 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March as Women’s History Month. 

Today, schools and communities across the country celebrate Women’s History Month with special lessons and activities designed to teach the ways women have helped shape the U.S. In 1996 the National Women’s History Museum, a nonprofit organization, was founded and is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the various historic contributions of women. The organization is currently working with Congress to open a permanent museum site in Washington, D.C. 

For more information or to register, email culture@esc.edu

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