Women’s History Month in Connecticut

Women’s History Month is always a busy time of year for the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame.  The traveling exhibits and Speaker’s Bureau are out and about and in full demand as they partner with a wide variety of organizations around the state including schools, universities, state agencies, corporations, libraries and historical societies. The month of March celebrates and pays tribute to the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame Inductees (see below) and shares their stories of struggle and accomplishments.

Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame Schedule

  • March 5-29: partial Inductee Portrait Exhibit at Middlesex Community College Library (Speaker’s Bureau on 29th 12:30-2 P.M.)
  • March 12-23: We Fight for Roses, Too exhibit at The Old State House in Hartford
  • March 21: Speaker’s Bureau at Waterbury office of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (12-1 P.M.)
  • March 22: Speaker’s Bureau at New Haven Museum, 6-7 P.M.
  • March 26-30:We Fight for Roses, Too exhibit at the Simsbury Free Library (Speaker’s Bureau on the 27th)
  • April 4-5: CWHF will participate in the 2012 Northeast Regional Conference on the Social Studies in Sturbridge, MA
  • April 9-20:We Fight for Roses, Too and Inductee Portrait Exhibit on display at Northeast Utilities‘ headquarters in Berlin
  • April 20-21: CWHF will participate in the Southern Connecticut State University Women’s Studies Department 19th Annual Women & Girls Fair & 20th Annual Women’s Studies Conference
  • April 26: Speaker’s Bureau at Connecticut Hospital Association’s Take Our Children to Work Day
  • May 7-8: CWHF will participate in the Connecticut Library Association’s Annual Conference in Groton
  • May 18: Speaker’s Bureau at General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Connecticut’s 115th Annual Convention in Cromwell

As recently as 35 years ago, women’s history was an unknown topic in the K-12 curriculum and the general public’s consciousness.  In direct response to this situation, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women initiated a “Women’s History Week” celebration for 1978. The success of this celebration combined with efforts by the National Women’s History Project and others, resulted in Jimmy Carter’s proclamation in 1980 to make March National Women’s History week to coincide with International Women’s Day (March 8th).  Their work  subsequently encouraged Congress to pass a resolution for a national Women’s History Week in 1981.  With further lobbying by the NWHP and the support of many governors, city councils, school boards and women’s organizations, Congress officially designated March as Women’s History Month in 1987.   Each year, the President issues an official proclamation in honor of Women’s History Month. (Check out President Obama’s 2012 Women’s History Month Proclamation.) In Connecticut, Governor Dannel Malloy also issued an official 2012 Proclamation.

Beyond Women’s History Month

At the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, we believe that recognizing 52% of the population’s accomplishments should not be a periodic exercise, but an ongoing effort to highlight the enormous role women  play in advancing  society and to value their vision for our future. Toward this goal the Hall works every day to honor the remarkable achievements of Connecticut women by sharing our Inductees’ stories through our  innovative programs and educational resources.

Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame Inductees

Photo credit: Annie Leibovitz, Plano, Illinois, 2011 ©Annie Leibovitz, 2011

On October 18th, we will hold our 19th Annual Induction Ceremony & Celebration, “Women’s Perspectives: Celebrating Voice and Vision.”  This year’s Inductees are Anne Garrels, ground-breaking journalist and 23-year NPR Senior Foreign Correspondent best known for her coverage of conflicts around the world ; Annie Leibovitz, internationally renowned photographer whose large and distinguished body of work includes some of the most well-known portraits of our time; and Faith Middleton, thought-provoking radio broadcaster and host of The Faith Middleton Show, now in its 30th year on WNPR. We will also be recognizing a group of ten 2012 Voice and Vision Honorees (to be announced in April). We hope you will join us for this inspiring event!

During a time when history continues to be narrated and documented from a predominantly masculine perspective, these women have dedicated their lives and careers – with courage, conviction, and creativity – to infusing today’s major stories, from pop culture to global events, with women’s voice and vision.  What ties these women together is the way they have viewed life through various veils and lenses to help us open our eyes, ears, and hearts to the world around us.  They have made visible the invisible and shared perspectives that challenge us to examine important issues and question what is true and valuable over time.

The Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame is an educational outreach organization whose mission is to honor publicly the achievement of Connecticut women, preserve their stories, educate the public and inspire the continued achievements of women and girls.  Founded in 1994 in Hartford, Connecticut, the Hall fills the void that traditional curricula still fail to address and today stands as the state’s premier source for women’s history with 99 Inductees.  These women’s lives and accomplishments are celebrated and documented through a wide spectrum of innovative statewide programs offered free of charge to Connecticut citizens.  Historically, the CWHF web site has been a learning tool attracting international, national and local researchers, teachers and students.  In 2011, the CWHF launched its new “Virtual Hall,” an expanded and interactive web site – to explore its educational resources, please visit www.cwhf.org.  You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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