The 2022 Women’s History theme, “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope,” is both a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history.
In recognition of the centennial of the 19th Amendment, we honor women from the original suffrage movement, as well as 20th and 21st century women, who have continued the struggle (fighting against poll taxes, literacy tests, voter roll purges, and other more contemporary forms of voter suppression) to ensure voting rights for all.
The women honored this year have led efforts to end war, violence, and injustice and pioneered the use of nonviolence to change society. These Honorees embraced the fact that the means determine the ends and so developed nonviolent methods to ensure just and peaceful results.
Nevertheless She Persisted: This phrase was born in February 2017 when Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-MA, was silenced during Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing for Attorney General. At the time, Warren was reading an opposition letter penned by Coretta Scott King (a past NWHP honoree) in 1986. Referring to the incident, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, later said “Senator Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless she persisted.” Feminists immediately adopted the phrase in hashtags and memes to refer to any strong women who refuse to be silenced. Fighting all forms of discrimination against women takes persistence. The 2018 honorees have all gotten the message to stop, either directly or indirectly, yet they have all continued to fight and succeeded in bringing positive change to the lives of diverse American women.
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This year's theme honors women who have successfully challenged the role of women in both business and the paid labor force. Women have always worked, but often their work has been undervalued and unpaid. The 2017 Honorees represent many diverse backgrounds, and each made her mark in a different field. Additionally, the Honorees’ work and influence spans three centuries of America’s history. These women all successfully challenged the social and legal structures that have kept women’s labor under appreciated and underpaid. (National Women's History Project)
The 2016 theme honors 16 women who have formed America's history or are currently affecting the future through their commitment to public service and government leadership. These women leaders faced great odds, but collaborated with others to create inclusive and non-partisan solutions. The tenacity of each Honoree underlines the fact that women from all cultural backgrounds and in all levels of public service and government are essential in the continuing work of forming a more perfect union.
Source: National Women's History Project
The 2015 theme presents honorees that weave women's stories into the fabric of our nation's history. Accounts of the lives of individual women are important because they reveal role models who share a broader view of what a woman can do. Knowing women's achievements challenges stereotypes and upends social assumptions about who women are can what they can accomplish today.
The nine women nominated to be the 2015 National Women’s History Month Honorees have contributed to the work of, "writing women back into history." Collectively, these women have co-authored or edited more than 60 books and represent the depth and breadth of the multicultural female experience.
Source: National Women's History Project
1987: "Generations of Courage, Compassion, and Conviction"
1988: "Reclaiming the Past, Rewriting the Future"
1989: "Heritage of Strength and Vision"
1990: "Courageous Voices – Echoing in Our Lives"
1991: "Nurturing Tradition, Fostering Change"
1992: "A Patchwork of Many Lives"
1993: "Discover a New World"
1994: "In Every Generation, Action Frees Our Dreams"
1995: "Promises to Keep"
1996: "See History in a New Way"
1997: "A Fine and Long Tradition of Community Leadership"
1998: "Living the Legacy"
1999: "Women Putting Our Stamp on America"
2000: "An Extraordinary Century for Women 1900–2000"
2001: "Celebrating Women of Courage and Vision"
2002: "Women Sustaining the American Spirit"
2003: "Women Pioneering the Future"
2004: "Women Inspiring Hope and Possibility"
2005: "Women Change America"
2006: "Women, Builders of Communities and Dreams"
2007: "Generations of Women Moving History Forward"
2008: "Women's Art Women's Vision"
2009: "Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet"
2010: "Writing Women Back into History"
2011: "Our History is Our Strength"
2012: "Women's Education – Women's Empowerment"
2013: "Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination:Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics"
2014: "Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment"