Women's History Month

Welcome to Women's History Month at RCC

Rockland Community College marks Women’s History Month with a series of virtual events during the month of March, celebrating women’s contributions, achievements and significant roles in shaping American culture and society. The events are free and open to the public.

The first organized Women’s Day took place in New York City on February 28, 1909. Later participants proposed that “a special Women’s Day” be organized annually. The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911. In the 1970s, the idea of a “Women’s History Week” that coincided with International Women’s Day was implemented. The observance of Women’s History Week spread across the county.

Subsequently, a consortium of women’s groups and historians lobbied Congress and President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the first national Women’s History Week for March 2-8, 1980. The Women’s National History Project lobbied for a longer observation, and Congress passed a proclamation in 1987 establishing Women’s History Month.

International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year as a focal point in the movement for women’s rights. It is a massive holiday around the world. Twenty-five countries made it a national holiday. In some places, it is a day of protest; in others, it is a day that celebrates womanhood.

The National Women’s History Alliance designates a yearly theme for Women’s History Month. The 2024 Women’s History Month theme established by The National Women’s History Alliance is titled: “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.”

2024 Women's History Month Events

The Women’s History Month Student Artwork Exhibit will be on display in the Brooke Evans Gallery (Cultural Arts Center) March 20 – April 24.

Upcoming Events

2024 Women's History Month
Planning Committee

Jodilynn Greico
Sara Macel

2024 Women's History Month
Planning Committee

Joan Asch
Natasha Lubarsky
David Lucander
Eileen MacAvery-Kane
Dino Ritsatos
Christina Stern