Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month 
Women’s History Month, celebrated every March, is an annual commemoration of the pivotal role women have played in American history.

The roots of Women’s History Month go back to March 8, 1857, when women working in New York factories staged a protest over deplorable job conditions. The actual celebration of Women’s History Month grew out of a weeklong celebration of women’s contributions to culture, history, and society organized by the school district of Sonoma, California in 1978. Presentations were given at dozens of schools, hundreds of students participated in a “Real Woman” essay contest, and a parade was held in downtown Santa Rosa. It was not until 1981 that the US Congress established National Women’s History Week during the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month. Every year since, March has been proclaimed as Women’s History Month.

The actual celebration of Women’s History Month grew out of a weeklong celebration of women’s contributions to culture, history and society organized by the school district of Sonoma, California, in 1978. Presentations were given at dozens of schools, hundreds of students participated in a “Real Woman” essay contest and a parade was held in downtown Santa Rosa.

Irvine Valley College traditionally celebrates Women’s History Month with a variety of academic and cultural events. This year, since we are operating in a virtual environment, we will honor Women’s History Month by providing a curated collection of online content to benefit the IVC community.


IVC Equity Program and Club Meetings

Womxn of Color Collective (WoCC)Womxn of Color Collective (WoCC)
Wednesday, March 17  |  3:30 - 5:30 pm  |  Registration Required

IVC ClubsAmerican Association for University Women (AAUW) Club
Wednesday, March 10  |   4:30 - 5:30 pm  |  Registration Required


IVC Resources


Women's History-Related IVC Courses

  • GS 10 – Intro to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • GS 20 – Gender and Contemporary Society
  • HIST 51 – Women in American History 
  • HIST 51H – Women in American History Honors
  • HLTH 3 – Women's Health Issues 
  • PSYC 20 – The Psychology of Gender
  • SOC 19 – The Sociology of Sex and Gender


Online Community Events


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