Watch this Forum from League of Women Voters of Leelanau County to learn about the lives of international, United States, Michigan, and Leelanau County women from volunteers who will give short presentations honoring them. International Womens Day began in New York City on March 8, 1857 when female textile workers marched in protest of unfair working conditions. It was one of the first organized strikes by working women where they called for a shorter workday and decent wages. International Womens Day then developed and is celebrated in the United States and across the world. The National Womens History Month began in February 1980 when President Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the week of March 8, 1980, as National Womens History Week. In 1987 the entire month of March was declared National Womens History Month by the United States Congress, in perpetuity. Sponsored by LWVLC Equal Rights Advocacy (ERA) Committee.
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