The Coconino County Board of Supervisors (Board) unanimously approved a proclamation on at their March 7 regular session designating March 2023 as Women’s History Month in Coconino County.
“Coconino County is proud to join the nation’s celebration of Women’s History Month,” the proclamation reads. “The 2023 theme ‘Celebrating Women who Tell our Stories’… is a tribute and recognition of women, past and present who have been active on all forms of media telling stories that have significantly impacted our communities in areas of social justice, labor rights, gender, human and political rights.”
Since 1995, U.S. presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating March as Women’s History Month. The celebration originated as “Women’s History Week” from 1982 to 1987. In March 1987, Congress expanded the celebration to include the whole month.
“The theme of this month is celebrating women who tell our stories,” commented Chair of the Board of Supervisors Patrice Horstman. “I remember celebrating the first International Women’s Day in the 1970’s, when people used to have to announce publicly that women’s rights are human rights. It wasn’t that long ago. Rights aren’t given, they’re fought for and we continue the fight to this day.”
The National Women’s History Alliance chose the 2023 theme to pay homage to “women in every community who have devoted their lives and talents to producing art, pursuing truth, and reflecting the human condition decade after decade.” Founded in 1980, the National Women’s History Project works with local, state, and federal governments “to teach as many people as possible about women’s role in history.”
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