Celebrate Women's History Month
Join in the many historical observances, lectures, film festivals, receptions and other commemorative festivities taking place across America as the country celebrates Women’s History Month. Learn of the contributions and strides of more than 260 dynamic Michigan honorees and heroines at the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame .
In 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women's History Project, Congress passed legislation designating 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. The month-long celebration recognizes the important contributions made by woman through programs in school, workplaces and communities.
The Michigan Women's Historical Center and Hall of Fame was dedicated and opened to the public on June 10, 1987, the anniversary date of Michigan's ratification n of the Women's Suffrage Amendment. Featuring over 260 Michigan women honorees and changing special exhibits, it is the only Michigan museum dedicated to women’s history.
Honorees include notable woman in every area from abolitionists to dentistry, from education to medicine, from philanthropy to religion, from politics to suffrage and from TV and radio to writing. The woman are from diverse nationalities and are categorized under their historical or contemporary contributions. Past honorees include former Lieutenant Governor Connie Binsfeld, Grace Lee Boggs, Betty Ford, Aretha Franklin, Gwen Frostic, Former Governor Jennifer Granholm, Rosa Parks, Jane Johnston Schoolcraft, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Helen Thomas, Lily Tomlin and Mother Waddles. The center periodically hosts academic conferences to bring more visibility to women's roles in history and current issues in women's studies.
Celebrate Michigan’s dynamic and phenomenal women at the Michigan Women's Historical Center and Hall of Fame. . When visiting, be sure to save enough time to stop by by the gift shop which stocks many unique items such as Suffragist Preserves and Sassy Women’s Salsa.
Photos courtesy: Michigan Women's Historical Center and Hall of Fame