About Women's History Month
Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982, as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month.
Women’s History Month Resources
- The official US Government Recognition and Events site has learning resources, a schedule of events, and more!
- HerStory educational resources within Fairfax Area
- HerStory History Talks Virtual and in-person Events:
- Wednesday, March 15, 2023 | 12 p.m. ET | Virtual
- Wednesday, March 22, 2023 | 12 p.m. ET | Virtual and In-Person
- Turning Point Suffragist Memorial honors the women who were imprisoned at the Occoquan Workhouse located across from the current Occoquan Regional Park
Points of Light
Fairfax County Government
The Fairfax County Park Authority is offering related programs in spring 2023
In-person Women’s History Month Activities
Create Women’s Stories in Silhouette
Explore the art of silhouette through collage, mixed media, and women’s history in a craft program for kids.
Saturday, March 11, 1-3 p.m.
“Makin’ Cake” with Dasha Kelly Hamilton
“Makin’ Cake” slices into American history exploring race, culture and class in a refreshing and fun way. It is storytelling in layers and filled with aha moments, poignant vignettes, digital media and an onstage backer.
Saturday, March 18, 6-7:30 p.m.
The Alden Theatre
Colvin Run Book Club: “Pride and Prejudice”
Join us for good books, great discussions and delicious treats. The third Tuesday of each month, we’ll meet to discuss a different book connected to Colvin Run Mill’s history.
Tuesday, March 21, 7-8:30 p.m.
Colvin Run Mill