Home grown in Sonoma County: Women’s History Month
March is Women’s History Month and according to cofounder and executive director Molly Murphy MacGregor, “As recently as the 1970s, women’s history was virtually an unknown topic in the K-12 curriculum or in general public consciousness.”
In 1980, the National Women’s History Project now known as the National Women’s History Alliance (NWHA) was founded in Santa Rosa by Molly Murphy MacGregor, Mary Ruthsdotter, Maria Cuevas, Paula Hammett, and Bette Morgan to broadcast women’s historical achievements. In 1987, after being petitioned by NWHP, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as Women's History Month. Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women's History Month. Since 1988, U.S. presidents have issued annual proclamations designating the month of March as Women's History Month. https://nationalwomenshistoryalliance.org/our-history/. Today they are celebrating the 43rd anniversary of that historical event.
From the beginning of its inception the primary goal of Women's History Month is to increase consciousness and knowledge of women's history. The theme for 2021 National Women’s History Month captures the spirit of these challenging times. Since most 2020 women’s suffrage centennial celebrations were curtailed, the National Women’s History Alliance is extended the annual theme for 2021 to “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced.”
Another great resource is the NWHA’s “Women Win the Vote” Gazette has hundreds of links plus state and national news – download from NWHA site. Also go to http://www.2020Centennial.org where they can learn more. For additional information visit their website https://nationalwomenshistoryalliance.org/, Phone # 707-636-2888 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The following section provides information on various Women’s Organizations and what each one provides plus contact information. If you need services or additional information during the pandemic, I suggest you check out their websites and slash or make contact via phone to verify hours.
Services and organizations for women in Sonoma County
The American Association of University Women (AAUW), officially founded in 1881, is a non-profit organization that advances equity for women, girls and boys through advocacy, education, and research. AAUW branches and states provide funding for local scholarship programs across the U.S. Participating branches and states determine their scholarship amounts and eligibility criteria, and applicants apply directly to the opportunities for which they are qualified.
Sonoma County has three chapters, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, and Healdsburg. The Santa Rosa chapter is the first and oldest chapter in the community starting in 1935, Petaluma Branch was chartered in 1955 and the Healdsburg Branch of AAUW, serving Cloverdale, Geyserville, Healdsburg and Windsor, was founded in 1975.
Their programs include, the Tech Trek a program for girls in the 7th Grade. All chapters participate in this program which provides scholarships for girls to attend a week-long STEM (science, technology, and math) camp at Stanford. All three branches also include scholarships for students at Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State.
According to Pamela Chaffin, Public Policy chairperson for Santa Rosa, all three of the branches are currently in the process to all the city’s mayor in Sonoma County to proclaim March 24, 2021 as Equal Pay Day to recognize that women typically earn 82% of what men earn.
Membership is open to anyone holding an associate or equivalent (e.g., RN), baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Student Affiliation is open to anyone who does not already hold an undergraduate degree and is enrolled in a two-or four-year regionally accredited educational institution.
- Petaluma Chapter. Website: https://www.aauwpetaluma.org/
- Healdsburg Chapter: Website: https://healdsburg-ca.aauw.net/contact-us/
- Santa Rosa Chapter: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SantaRosaAAUW Website: https://santarosa-ca.aauw.net/
Historically, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) first met at Lake Success, New York, in February 1947, soon after the founding of the United Nations. All 15 government representatives were women. From its inception, the Commission was supported by a unit of the United Nations that later became the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) in the UN Secretariat. From 1947 to 1962, the Commission focused on setting standards and formulating international conventions to change discriminatory legislation and foster global awareness of women’s issues. https://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/brief-history and has chapters across the United States and overseas. (not sure where you were going with the sentence - something is missing).