March is Women's History Month
Published on March 01, 2022
The City of Lakewood joins the federal government, state government and hundreds of public and private organizations in paying tribute to this important annual commemoration and celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society, including women’s struggles for the right to vote and equality under the law.
On behalf of the Lakewood City Council, Mayor Jeff Wood has issued a proclamation in recognition of Women's History Month, available on this page.
Origins of Women's History Month
The recognition of women’s achievements started with International Women’s Day, observed for the first time on March 8, 1911.
Then in 1978, Sonoma County, CA held a “Women’s History Week” celebration to correspond with International Women’s Day. The movement soon spread across the country, and in 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring National Women’s History Week.
By 1987, Congress had designated March as Women’s History Month.
Resources to learn more
The two Los Angeles County Libraries in Lakewood will be offering Women's History Month take-home activity kits for kids and teens, while supplies last.
Visit the L.A. County Library website to see the commemorative month’s specific resources, like:
- Virtual programming events which include an author talk and expressive art activities aimed for children
- A curated list of their favorite books on brave and extraordinary women, good for readers young and old
- A special booklist geared for adults to explore stories of the Women's Suffrage Movement, the passage of the 19th Amendment, and the struggle for women's right to vote
- A special music mix for the month, Fighter: A National Women’s History Month Playlist.
National Museum of American History's special exhibit
Take a look at the National Museum of American History’s special exhibit: Girlhood (It’s complicated). Spanning a timeframe of more than 200 years and showcasing over 200 objects, this exhibition examines the ways American girls have spoken up, challenged expectations and been on the frontlines of change.
Girlhood (It's complicated) commemorates the anniversary of woman suffrage by exploring the concept of girlhood in the United States, but also how girls changed history in five areas: politics, education, work, health and fashion.
Library of Congress
Through the Library of Congress, educators, parents and history buffs alike may enjoy learning and sharing the fascinating stories (and recorded interviews) about female codebreakers, who provided much of the cryptographic work that helped the United States win World War II.
Know an extraordinary woman?
The National Women’s History Museum is collecting stories and pictures submitted by the public to honor the lives and legacies of women, living and dead, whose individual and collective contributions have enriched our lives.
Share a story through their Chronicles of American Women: Your History Makers project.