The community thrived on its forestry commerce, and Tabitha
would watch the men in the saw mill as she spun her goods. She
noticed that the long two-man pit saw the loggers used was wasting
motion, as the saw only cut one way.
Using her knowledge of the weaving machine, she created a
circular saw blade and mounted it on a spinning axel. Spinning the
axel at a high rate of speed, her circular saw proved a success,
and the first saw she made currently resides in Albany, New
Tabitha is also accredited with inventing machine-cut nails, and
many believe she assisted in the creation or refining of several
tools commonly used today. As a Shaker, she valued a simple life,
and never patented any of her inventions.
So gentlemen, the next time you're working on a construction
sight, or revving up the circular saw to work on one of your home
projects, remember you have a woman to thank. Thank Tabitha
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.
United States Congressional Resolution Designating the Month of March as "Women's History Month"
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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.
Featured Keynote Speakers
Diversity Lecture Series: Marlee Matlin Tuesday,
March 25, 7:30pm
Delbrook Visiting Writers Series: Cheryl
Strayed Monday, March 31, 7:30pm
GWSS Speakers Series - 'Identity, Diversity, and Activism' Julia
Serano Tuesday, April 1, 5:30pm, PB156
'Educating and Empowering Leaders Who Will Create a New World'
Colia Clark, Activist in Residence, Monday, April 7,
Delbrook Visiting Writers Series: Jesmyn
Ward Tuesday, April 8, 7:30pm
Woman of Distinction Awards
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
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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 Hope England (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or 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.