Northwood Marks Women’s History Month

March 1st marks the start of Women’s History Month. For many years the hard work of many brave and brilliant women went unnoticed. So, to shine a light on our accomplishments Women’s History Month was created.  

Womens History Month is used to celebrate women and support them on the path to equal rights. It began as a small celebration, Women’s History Week, in Santa Rosa, California. Eventually the small celebration spread throughout America and reached the president at the time.  

According to the National Women’s History Museum, “In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th, 1980 as National Women’s History Week.” This was the first official recognition of women’s history by a president. The preceding presidents followed in Carter’s footsteps until 1987 when Womens History Week was officially changed to Women’s History Month. 

To celebrate the women of Northwood School, a few students volunteer to do a presentation at our school meeting. They inform our community of the importance of Women’s History Month and highlight key events of women’s suffrage which are usually explained along with quotes from important and influential women.  

2022 also marks 50 years of coeducation at Northwood. Previously, Northwood had been an all-male school for 66 years before women began attending in 1971. The incorporation of women into Northwood school was an impactful step in the school’s history.  

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