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Women's History Month

A guide to information and resources for Women's History Month at the George A. Smathers Libraries

Women's History Month 2024

Silhouettes of three female faces in orange over a blue background, with the words UF Smatheres Libraries Celebrates Women's History Month

What is Women's History Month?

To address the lack of education about women's history in the U.S., Sonoma County, California established a "Women's History Week" celebration in 1978 to coincide with International Women's Day on March 8. Other communities across the country soon followed their example. In 1980, President Carter issued a presidential proclamation naming the week of March 8 "National Women's History Week." The popularity of the celebration grew, and in 1987 Congress expanded upon the presidential proclamation by declaring March to be National Women's History Month.1

Each year, the Women's History Month theme is selected by the National Women's History Alliance. The theme for 2024 is "Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion." This theme honors the women, past and present, who have worked to combat discrimination in our institutions and build a more just and equal society.2

1. Molly Murphy MacGregor, "Why March is National Women’s History Month," National Women's History Alliance, accessed February 27, 2023,

2. "2024 WHM Theme," National Women's History Alliance, accessed February 2, 2024,

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