Posted on March 7, 2011 by hollycraw
Women’s History Month is an outgrowth and expansion of the International Women’s Day which began a century ago. Each year since 1980, the United States President has made a proclamation for the month to be a time of remembering, honoring and celebrating the contribution of women to our country. On February 28, 2011, President Barack Obama joined his predecssors in issuing his proclamation of March 2011 being Women’s History Month, which is excerpted below:
This year, we commemorate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future. International Women’s Day is a chance to pay tribute to ordinary women throughout the world and is rooted in women’s centuries-old struggle to participate in society on an equal footing with men. This day reminds us that, while enormous progress has been made, there is still work to be done before women achieve true parity.
My Administration has elevated the rights of women and girls abroad as a critical aspect of our foreign and national security policy. Empowering women across the globe is not simply the right thing to do, it is also smart foreign policy. This knowledge is reflected in the National Security Strategy of the United States, which recognizes that countries are more peaceful and prosperous when their female citizens enjoy equal rights, equal voices, and equal opportunities. . . .
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