March Heritage and Awareness
Women's History Month
Women’s History Month is celebrated from March 1 through March 31. The month of March commemorates the many contributions and achievements made by women.
Women’s History Month first began in 1981 as Women’s History Week when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28. President Ronald Reagan celebrated Women’s History Week during the week of March 7, 1982, according to womenshistorymonth.gov.
Women’s History Month was petitioned by the National Women’s History Project and was passed in March of 1987. Congress has since passed additional resolutions between 1988 and 1994 to proclaim March as Women’s History Month.
Since 1994, every president has issued annual proclamations declaring the month of March as Women’s History Month.
International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day is a global holiday celebrated each year on March 8. The holiday highlights women’s achievements while also raising awareness of gender inequities and violence and abuse against women.
Irish American Heritage Month
Irish American Heritage Month is celebrated to honor the achievements and contributions of Irish immigrants and their descendants living in the United States. Irish American Heritage Month is celebrated in March to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day.
Greek American Heritage Month
Greek American Heritage Month, also known as Hellenic History Month, is a time to celebrate Greek culture and ideas. Greek American Heritage Month is in March to coincide with the National Greek Independence Day, which is March 25.
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (DDAM) highlights the many ways that people with and without disabilities can come together to create a stronger society. The month raises awareness around the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities.