State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) has introduced a senate resolution naming March as Women’s History Month. According to the resolution, this month is a chance to “honor women and their contribution to the development of our society and our world” as well as “an opportunity for schools and communities to focus attention on the historical role and accomplishments of the women of California.”
Women’s History Month is a product of California; it evolved from Women’s History Week, which was an initiative of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women. According to the National Women’s History Project, “As recently as the 1970’s, women’s history was virtually an unknown topic in…general public consciousness.” The first Women’s History Week was celebrated in 1978, and the National Women’s History Project was created in Santa Rosa two years later.
Who better to celebrate during this month than the women who live in California’s Assisted Living communities? These women have experienced first-hand many of the historical moments being taught in schools. This March, there are many ways to preserve those histories. You can hold storytelling hours or creative writing groups focusing on historical moments. If your community is near the Bay Area, your residents can record their histories with StoryCorps San Francisco. You can even hire a performer through the National Women’s History Project.
How do you plan on celebrating Women’s History Month in your community? Leave your ideas in the comments below.