Women's History Month | Periscope

Why do we celebrate Women's History Month during the month of March?

In 1987, an act of Congress designated the month of March as Women's History Month. During the month, schools and communities celebrate the achievements of women throughout history. Although the official observation of Women's History Month is relatively recent, it owes part of its inspiration to an event called National Women's Day first celebrated in 1909.

Mamie "Peanut" Johnson | Periscope
Mamie "Peanut" Johnson | Periscope

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Mamie "Peanut" Johnson challenged the traditional role of female athletes by entering the men's Negro Major League in 1953. She was the only female pitcher and only one of three women to play in the...
Jean Hoefer Toal | Periscope
Jean Hoefer Toal | Periscope

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Jean Hoefer Toal was elected the Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court on March 23, 2000. As Chief Justice, she presides over the highest court in South Carolina. Her court sets the rules...
Septima Clark | Periscope
Septima Clark | Periscope

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In 1916, Septima Clark was a young African American teacher looking forward to her first teaching assignment in South Carolina. There, she learned firsthand about the poverty and inequality in...
Mary Oliphant | Periscope
Mary Oliphant | Periscope

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The textbooks used today in the study of South Carolina history are influenced by the work of Mary C. Simms Oliphant. Her book The South Carolina Reader taught South Carolinians their state's history...
Sarah Grimké | Periscope
Sarah Grimké | Periscope

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Abolitionist Sarah Grimké was born into a wealthy slaveholding Charleston family in 1792. After experiencing the injustices of slavery firsthand, she became a noted speaker for the antislavery...
Gloria Steinem (1934 -     ) | Periscope
Gloria Steinem (1934 - ) | Periscope

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Writer and women's rights advocate Gloria Steinem helped found the magazine Ms., the first national women's magazine run by women. As an advocate, she organized political campaigns and rallies in...
Rosa Parks (1913 - 2005) | Periscope
Rosa Parks (1913 - 2005) | Periscope

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In 1955, Rosa Parks sat in the "white only" section of a bus in Alabama as a way to tell the world that she was opposed to segregation. This inspired a boycott of the bus system that lasted over a...
Amelia Earhart (1897 - 1937) | Periscope
Amelia Earhart (1897 - 1937) | Periscope

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In 1928, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. In 1931, she broke the men's and women's altitude record, flying at 18,415 feet above ground. As the first president of...
Helen Keller (1880 - 1968) | Periscope
Helen Keller (1880 - 1968) | Periscope

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At 19 months old, Helen Keller suffered an extreme fever that made her sight and hearing impaired. She became a national spokesperson for the physically disabled by writing books, giving speeches, and...
Mary McLeod Bethune (1875 - 1955) | Periscope
Mary McLeod Bethune (1875 - 1955) | Periscope

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Educator Mary McLeod Bethune began a school for needy African Americans in 1904 with $1.50, five students, and a passion to teach. Her school became Bethune-Cookman College and currently has over 2...