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.

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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...
Susan B. Anthony | Periscope
Susan B. Anthony | Periscope

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Susan B. Anthony was born in 1820 to a Quaker family in New England. Quakers practiced equality between men and women and did not believe in violence or slavery. Although Susan B. Anthony was not...
The 19th Amendment | Periscope
The 19th Amendment | Periscope

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Women celebrate the passing of the 19th Amendment in 1920. The amendment allowed them the right to vote for the first time. Photo courtesy: Business and Professional Women
Women in U.S. History | Periscope
Women in U.S. History | Periscope

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Women's History Month is a great time to explore the achievements of women throughout U.S. history. Read on to learn about women who have had a significant impact on U.S. history.
Amelia Bloomer (1818-1894) | Periscope
Amelia Bloomer (1818-1894) | Periscope

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In 1849, Amelia Bloomer became the first woman to own, operate, and edit a newspaper for women. Her paper became a voice for the women's rights movement, with articles encouraging women to participate...
Lucretia Mott | Periscope
Lucretia Mott | Periscope

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In 1840, two American women, Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, met at an antislavery meeting in London. Because they were women, neither was allowed to fully participate in the meeting. They...
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...