Diversity Committee: Little Known Women’s History Facts

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Diversity Committee presents Little Known Women’s History facts:

  • National Women’s History Month can trace its roots back to March 8, 1857, when women from New York City factories staged a protest over working conditions. International Women’s Day was first observed in 1909, but it wasn’t until 1981 that Congress established National Women’s History Week to be commemorated the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month.
  • On March 4, 1933, the start of President Roosevelt’s first administration brought with it the first woman to serve in the Cabinet: Labor Secretary Frances Perkins.
  • In 1940, Catherine Brewer becomes first woman to receive a bachelor’s degree, from Georgia Female College (now Wesleyan College) in Macon, Ga.
  • On July 7, 1981, President Reagan announced he was nominating Arizona Judge Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first female justice on the United States Supreme Court.
  • In 1982, for the first time, more women than men received bachelor’s degrees.
  • On July 12, 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale named New York Congresswoman Geraldine A. Ferraro his running mate, making her the first woman to run on a major party ticket.