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Dubois Elementary School

120 South Lincoln Ave
Springfield, IL 62704


March 5, 2012

Women’s History Month in the United States of America began in 1978 when a school district in Sonoma, California celebrated the contributions of women in our culture, history and society. Dozens of schools gave presentations throughout the district where hundreds of students participated in a “Real Woman” essay contest and a parade was held in downtown Santa Rosa, California.
Within the next few years, many communities, school districts and organizations across the country began making contributions to women. In 1980, President Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as National Women's History Week. In 2011, President Barack Obama wrote a Proclamation proclaiming March as Women’s History Month. To read more about women in history go to:
www.nwhp.org, http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/08/25/presidential-proclamation-womens-equality-day (click on Briefing Room, click on Presidential Actions, click on Proclamations and go to Women’s History Month - 2012)