March is Women's History Month

March 2015
Women’s history is women’s right—an essential, indispensable heritage from which we can draw pride, comfort, courage, and long range vision.”
-- Gerda Lerner, who created the first graduate program in women’s history.

Originally just one week during the month of March, Women’s History Month saw its official start in March 1987 as a result of petition efforts from the National Women’s History Project. Before this time, women’s history was not a field of study, and few would have considered themselves “women’s historians.” Gerda Lerner, one of the founders of women’s history as an academic field, explained, “People didn't think that women had a history worth knowing.” Today, there are over 400 women’s history programs at various universities across the United States, and even more across the globe.

This year’s theme for Women’s History Month is “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives,” which was chosen to commemorate the stories of women from across time, as these stories influence us both as individuals and as a nation. This year, the National Women’s History Project, who sponsors Women’s History Month, is honoring seven women from the past and present who represent many different fields from medicine to journalism and even songwriting! Learn more about these women and their accomplishments here.

To learn more about Women’s History Month, visit

Women’s History Month Quiz

How much women’s history do you know?
  1. Which US state has the highest percentage of women?
    1. California
    2. The District of Columbia
    3. Massachusetts
    4. Florida
  2. As of 2013, roughly what percent of the civilian labor force is comprised of women?
    1. 54%
    2. 33%
    3. 47%
    4. 61%
  3. What percent of employed women work in management, business, and financial related occupations?
    1. 13.6%
    2. 23.6%
    3. 12.8%
    4. 35.4%
  4. Who was among the first American women soldiers?
    1. Deborah Samson Gannett
    2. Elizabeth Newcume
    3. Sarah Rosetta Wakeman
    4. All of the above
  5. What year saw the first women’s singles competition at Wimbledon?
    1. 1884
    2. 1896
    3. 1913
    4. 1942
  6. At the first Winter Olympic Games, which was the only sport open to women?
    1. Speed skating
    2. Ski jumping
    3. Figure skating
    4. Curling
  7. What year did women win the right to vote?
    1. 1918
    2. 1920
    3. 1919
    4. 1921
  8. Who was the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court?
    1. Ruth Bader Ginsberg
    2. Sandra Day O’Connor
    3. Florence Ellinwood Allen
    4. Mabel Walker Willebrandt
  9. What city is the hometown of Mo’ne Davis, the first girl to pitch a winning game in the Little League World Series?
    1. Nashville, TN
    2. Rapid City, SD
    3. Chicago, IL
    4. Philadelphia, PA
  10. Who was the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director?
    1. Lina Wertmuller
    2. Sofia Coppola
    3. Kathryn Bigelow
    4. Jane Campion



Answers: 1B |2C |3A |4D |5A |6C |7B |8B |9D |10C