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Women's History Month

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"

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 our Nation;

Whereas women of every race, class, and ethnic background served as early leaders in the forefront of every major progressive social change movement;

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

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 love.

Nomination Process

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.

Nominations are due March 31, 2019.

If you have any further questions about Women's History Month, please contact Gina Forrest (

Submit your electronic nominations to Gina Forrest at or send a paper version to the Efroymson Diversity Center, 004 Atherton.

Past Award Honorees

2017—Cristina McNeiley (student), Sonya Hopkins (staff), Margareetha Geertsema-Sligh (faculty)
2016—Rachel Hahn (student), Valerie Davidson (staff), Irune Del Rio Gabiola (faculty)
2015—Grace Drascic (student), Julie Miller (staff), Erin Albert (faculty)
2014—Brittany Moore (student), Elise Kushigian (staff), Deb Lecklider (faculty)
2013—Kimberly Northrup (student), Judy Cebula (staff), Vivian Deno (faculty)
2012—Katie Ceranski (student), Sarah Barnes-Diaz (staff), Ena Shelley (faculty)
2011—Britlynn Hansen-Girod (student), Teri Amberger (staff), Jeanne VanTyle (Faculty) 
2010—Christina Lear (student), Beth Couture (staff), Elise Edwards (faculty)
2009—Laura Weiskopf (student), Stacey Elkin (staff), Wendy Meaden (faculty)
2008—Rebecca Scherpelz (student), Terri Jett (fac/staff)
2007—Laura Broaded (student), Michelle Jarvis (fac/staff)
2006—Jenna Frosch (student), Terri Carney (fac/staff)
2005—Emilee Preble (student), Margaret Brabant (fac/staff)
2004—Dina Bailey (student), Irene Stevens (fac/staff)
2003—Krystal Dawson (student), Ann Savage (fac/staff)
2002—Stephanie Chaudoir (student), Fran Colston (fac/staff)
2001—Nadja Halilbegovich (student), Michele Atterson (fac/staff)

If you have any further questions about Women's History Month, please contact Gina Forrest (