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NEWS | March 20, 2024

2024 Women’s History Month: Women who have made great achievements

By Aime Lykins, PSNS & IMF Public Affairs

National Women’s History Month is celebrated annually in March and the 2024 theme celebrates “Women Who Have Made Great Achievements.” The theme recognizes American women who left an impact on the nation through their public service, personal sacrifice and inspirational work.

The celebration of Women’s History Month grew out of a week-long celebration of women’s contributions to culture, history and society organized by the school district of Sonoma, California, in 1978. Presentations were given at dozens of schools, hundreds of students participated in a “Real Woman” essay contest and a parade was held in downtown Santa Rosa. A few years later, the idea caught on within other communities, school districts and organizations across the country.

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week. The U.S. Congress followed suit the next year, passing a resolution establishing a national celebration. Six years later, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the event to the entire month of March.

Command observance

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility offers women in the workforce the opportunity to connect with each other via the Puget Women’s Employee Networking Group. The PWENG mission is to support each other and take on challenges that drive positive change for the happiness and success of all women at PSNS & IMF.

In alignment with that mission, PWENG will be hosting an all-hands Women’s History Month Celebration in the shipyard auditorium March 28 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. The event will feature a panel of authors who will deliver a presentation on gender bias, actionable tools for fostering an inclusive culture, and strategies for engaging and retaining women in the workforce.