In 1987, May was officially designated as Women’s History Month (WHM) by the federal government. This proclamation, signed by President Ronald Reagan, came after several decades of advocacy, passion and persistence by figures such as Senators Barbara Mikulski and Orrin Hatch and the National Women’s History Project. Nationally, WHM encompasses the history and contributions women have made to society.
The George Washington University (GW) presented its first annual WHM in 2004. Promoting the historical contributions of women globally, WHM programs include culture shows, distinguished guest lectures and other educational events.
The Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC) provides logistical, content and ideological support for student organizations to collaborate and promote cultural awareness throughout WHM. Students, faculty and staff with varying leadership experience and skill sets are encouraged to participate in WHM. All activities related to WHM are facilitated by MSSC senior staff and graduate student coordinators. The minimum requirement for involvement is to have a commitment to and passion for women’s history. For more information, call 202-994-MSSC (6772).