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 2023 theme is “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.”

2023 Women's History Month Events

All events are free and open to the public.

Upcoming Events

2023 Women's History Month
Planning Committee

Natasha Lubarsky
Sara Macel

2023 Women's History Month
Planning Committee

Joan Asch
Bryan Berndt
Nancy Chiocchi McMorrow
Carol Coiro
Maire Fox
Jodilynn Greico
Carol King-Berkman
Martha Krawczyk
David Lucander
Eileen MacAvery-Kane
Rochelle Mezoff
George Repic
Sabrina Rieder
Dino Ritsatos
Beth Robinson
Sukbin Song
Christina Stern