Women's History Month was originally celebrated as "Women's History Week" beginning in March 1982. The first "Women’s History Month" was celebrated in 1987 after a petition to Congress by the National Women's History Project.
Since 1995, presidents have issued annual proclamations designating the month of March as "Women’s History Month." These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields.
"Every March, Women's History Month provides an opportunity to honor the generations of trailblazing women and girls who have built our Nation, shaped our progress, and strengthened our character as a people.
Throughout our history, despite hardship, exclusion, and discrimination, women have strived and sacrificed for equity and equality in communities across the country. Generations of Native American women were stewards of the land and continue to lead the fight for climate justice. Black women fought to end slavery, advocate for civil rights, and pass the Voting Rights Act. Suffragists helped pass the 19th Amendment to the Constitution so that no American could be denied a vote on the basis of sex.
Standing on the shoulders of the heroines who came before them, today's women and girls continue to carry forward the mission of ensuring our daughters have the same opportunities as our sons. Women of the labor movement are achieving monumental reforms to help all workers secure the better pay, benefits, and safety they deserve. LGBTQI+ women and girls are leading the fight for justice, opportunity, and equality -- especially for the transgender community. Women and girls continue to lead groundbreaking civil rights movements for social justice and freedom, so that everyone can realize the full promise of America."
A Proclamation on National Women's History Month, 2022
You can download our "Women's History Month" bulletin board display here. We have spotlighted a number of incredible women, from the 18th century to today.
Based on the size of your bulletin board you may choose to spotlight some or all of the individuals included and customize your bulletin board display in any number of ways.
We are asking for a suggested donation of $20 which will assist in our efforts to pay the artists and illustrators for their work creating the coloring pages for us each month. However, please feel free to pay whatever you are able. Donations can be made here.
Note: All of the Women's History coloring pages were created by BIPOC illustrators and artists.
Tips for Printing and Putting the Bulletin Board Together:
Posters and Coloring Pages:
Each poster is formatted to print on 8 1/2" x 11 cardstock.
The coloring pages are formatted to print on 8 1/2" x 11 paper.
The "Win a Book" Drawing poster can be trimmed down and then attached to a box for children to drop their quiz or coloring page entries into if you choose to have a drawing for a book as part of your display.
Posters can be downloaded here.
You can see a small sampling of the individuals we spotlighted this month and some of the posters included below.
Banner: The banner is formatted to print as a poster at 36" x 10".
Depending on the size of your bulletin board you can cut the sides of the banner down to the size you would like. There are two similar banner options to choose from.
Banners can be downloaded here.
Border: The border is formatted to print on 11" x 17" cardstock.
We recommend printing five copies of the border to have enough to outline your bulletin board, however, depending on the size of your bulletin board you may need more or less.
(Note: the bulletin board at our local elementary school is approximately 96 inches x 47 inches and we need five copies of the border printed and cut to outline the bulletin board.)
Cut along the three lines to create four strips of the border from each sheet of cardstock.
Border can be downloaded here.
This Women's History Month we hope you enjoy learning about just a few of the incredible women who have helped shape this nation and made invaluable contributions.