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Women in History Month

Women in History Month
In the United States, Women's History Month traces its beginnings back to the first International Women's Day in March 1911. Beginning in 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued a presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as National Women's History Week stating, "From the first settlers who came to our shores…men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.” In 1987, Congress designated the month of March as Women’s History Month, and hence women in history education has been celebrated by students in schools. Both Lloyd Harbor and West Side elementary school have fabulous bulletin boards on display of women. This bulletin board highlights students from Ms. Conroy’s fifth grade class, who focused on famous women scientists, like Tapputi-Belatekallim who was considered the first recorded chemist in Mesopotamia in 1200 BCE, and Mary Anning of England who discovered the first complete Plesiosaurus fossil in 1823…among many others!