Since 1987, the month of March has been devoted to learning
about and celebrating the role of women in history. Read the
full congressional resolution below.
Whereas women of every race, class, and ethnic background have
made historic contributions to the growth and strength of our
Nation in countless recorded and unrecorded ways;
Whereas women have played and continue to play a critical
economic, cultural, and social role in every sphere of the life of
the Nation by constituting a significant portion of the labor force
working inside and outside of the home;
Whereas women have played a unique role throughout the history
of the Nation by providing the majority of the volunteer labor
force of the Nation;
Whereas women were particularly important in the establishment
of early charitable, philanthropic, and cultural institutions in
Whereas women of every race, class, and ethnic background served
as early leaders in the forefront of every major progressive social
Whereas women have been leaders, not only in securing their own
rights of suffrage and equal opportunity, but also in the
abolitionist movement, the emancipation movement, the industrial
labor movement, the civil rights movement, and other movements,
especially the peace movement, which create a more fair and just
society for all; and
Whereas despite these contributions, the role of women in
history has been consistently overlooked and undervalued, in the
literature, teaching and study of history:
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Senate and House of
Representatives of the United States of America in Congress
assembled, that March is designated as "Women's History Month.
This resolution was passed by Congress in 1987 and successive
years since then.
This proclamation is made available by The National Women's
History Project, founded in 1980, is an educational nonprofit
organization. The mission is to recognize and celebrate the diverse
and historic accomplishments of women by providing information and
educational materials and programs.
For more information about the origin of National Women's
History Month or the activities of the National Women's History
Project, go to www.nwhp.org.
Click on the link above to view all the events taking
place in March in honor of Women's History Month.
Each year, in conjunction with March's celebration of Women's
History Month, the university honors valued members of the Butler
community with the Woman of Distinction Award. This honor is
reserved for a student, a faculty member, and a staff member
described as someone who: is an outstanding leader who has shown
commitment and dedication to improving the Butler community;
reaches out to others while valuing herself; has created a vision
and moves others toward that vision; has defined a clear role for
herself in today's changing environment; faces challenges head on
and is decisive and persistent; carries herself with dignity and
pride, but never with vanity; values the strides achieved by women
and has worked to improve the environment for women; and is a
serious woman who rules her life with energy, integrity and
This award honors up to three Butler women including a member of
the senior class, a faculty member, and a staff member. To nominate
someone for this award, please complete the nomination form and attach it
to a copy of the woman's resume, if available. If you do not have a
resume for the nominee, please write out as much information as
possible on the nominee's activities and contributions to Butler.
On a separate sheet of paper, please write some comments explaining
how your nominee's experiences and qualities are appropriate for
the award. It always helps a nomination packet to have additional
letters of support, and we encourage you to see if other people
would be willing to write letters of support for your nominee.
Typically 2-3 letters of support are sufficient.
If you have any further questions about Women's History Month,
please contact Valerie Davidson (email@example.com).
Submit your electronic nominations to Valerie
Davidson at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a
paper version to the Efroymson Diversity Center, 004 Atherton.