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Women's History Month originally started out as "Women's History Week" in 1981 which was celebrated nationally. In March 1987, the entire month of March was designated as "Women's History Month" for the first time. Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama have issued annual proclamations naming the month of March "Women's History Month."
In March 2011, the White House simultaneously released a 50 year progress report on women in the United States with Women's History Day. The report found that younger women are now more likely to obtain a college degree over young men in their class. It also found the amount of men and women on the workforce has become nearly parallel.
Rochester was the home of legendary American civil rights leader Susan B. Anthony who played a substantial part in the 19th century women's rights movement. She was arrested at her home located at 17 Madison St. which is now a National Historic Monument, learning center, and museum. How about that? History in our own backyard!
More information and hours of operation for The Susan B. Anthony House follow this link: http://susanbanthonyhouse.org/index.php
Here is a link for events taking place around town celebrating Women's History Month 2013: