March

2019 Useful Dates

  • Women’s History Month
  • March 1 Zero Discrimination Day
  • March 3 World Wildlife Day
  • March 8 International Women’s Day
  • March 14 Pi Day
  • March 16 Freedom of Information Day
  • March 20 International Day of Happiness
  • March 20-21 Spring Equinox
  • March 21 International Day of Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • March 22 World Water Day

Focus for March

Women’s History Month began as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, California. The Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women planned and executed a “Women’s History Week” celebration in 1978. The organizers selected the week of March 8 to correspond with International Women’s Day. In 1980, a consortium of women’s groups and historians—led by the National Women’s History Project (now the National Women’s History Alliance)—successfully lobbied for national recognition. In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th 1980 as National Women’s History Week. In 1987, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month” to honor women’s contributions in American history. The 2019 Women’s History Month theme is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence.” The theme honors “women who have led efforts to end war, violence, and injustice and pioneered the use of nonviolence to change society.” See more at https://www.womenshistory.org.

Activities

Honoring Women Members:
Show your female members appreciation by inviting them to share their stories and celebrating the work they have done for your group or their dedication to making the world around them better. Recognize female members who have passed and young growing members who are beginning to get more involved.

Address Sexual Harassment:
Build a consensual culture in your group by learning about how to have respectful interactions and counter harassment. Consent is not just about rape, it includes any unwanted advancements and touching. The American Camp Association has a great
#NotHereAtCamp campaign with valuable resources on creating community with respect and civility. The #ThatsHarassment Video Campaign consists of six vignettes produced by actor David Schwimmer to expose real uncomfortable and unsafe interactions that happen all the time. They invite much needed discussion on what sexual harassment looks like and how we can stop it.

Get Active with Feminism:
Our Feminist Humanist Alliance is developing a pilot program with local American Humanist Association chapters to train and support social justice representatives at chapters around the country. Chapters interested in being part of our first cohort, should email .

Education – Recommended Books & Movies

https://www.womenshistory.org/students-and-educators/resources
https://www.womenshistory.org/students-and-educators/biographies

Social Media Toolkit

Hashtags: #WomensHistoryMonth #WomensRights
Quotes:
“This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy.”
Susan Polis Schutz, poet

“You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.”
Angela Davis