2017 marks both the 37th anniversary of the first National Women's History Week and the 30th anniversary of its official expansion to National Women's Heritage Month. And before we move forward with our celebration, it's important to note how we got here.
As recently as the 1970s, the concept of women's history was virtually unknown in America. A California education task force created a "Women's History Week" in 1978 and slowly but excitedly, the concept caught on. It led to February 1980, when President Carter issued a Presidential Proclamation that the week of March 8, 1980 would be National Women's History Week. With local and federal support, 14 states declared March as Women's History Month in 1986 and—likely in part because it was easier to dedicate a whole month instead of an ever-changing week—Congress declared March National Women's History Month in 1987. Now here we are 20 years later.
While the history is important and certainly a part of our celebration, here at Fuse we're using the next 31 days to look forward. We're celebrating Future Women's History.
Each day during the month of March, we'll spotlight the future of women's history by showcasing the world's most talented, creative and influential people on the rise. Some are young and at the start of their journey; others are already commanding the world's attention. What brings these women together is the promise of inspiring change for years to come.
Join us for the next 31 days by looking into the future, now. Tune in to Fuse and come back to Fuse.tv every day for spotlight profiles, videos, galleries and more on the individuals around the world who are creating Future Women's History at this very moment. Join the conversation with #FutureWomensHistory and find Fuse in your area with our Channel Finder.