The origins of Women’s History Month

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SANTA ROSA, Calif — Since 1987, the United States has designated the month of March as Women’s History Month to commemorate and encourage the study, observance and celebration of the vital role women have played in American history.

The origins of the month-long celebration can be traced back to Sonoma County. It all started in 1972, a banner year in women’s history, when a student asked Molly Murphy MacGregor, a high school social studies teacher at the time, an important question: What is the women’s movement?

“I didn’t really know, but I didn’t admit that I didn’t know,” MacGregor, now the executive director of the National Women’s History Alliance, told ABC10 with a laugh.

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