American women of every race and ethnic background have made historic contributions to the growth and strength of our City and Nation in countless recorded and unrecorded ways.
American women have played and continue to play a critical economic, cultural and social role in every sphere of our city and nation constituting a significant portion of the labor force working inside and outside of the home.
American women have played a unique role throughout the history of the Nation by providing the majority of the volunteer labor force.
American women were particularly important in the establishment of early charitable, philanthropic, and cultural institutions in our Nation.
American women of every race and ethnic background served as early leaders in the forefront of every major progressive social change movement.
American women have been leaders, not only in securing their own rights of suffrage and equal opportunity, but also in the abolitionist movement, the emancipation movement, the industrial labor movement, the civil rights movement, and other movements, especially the peace movement, which create a more fair and just society for all.
Despite these contributions, the role of American women in history has been consistently overlooked and undervalued, in the literature, teaching and study of American history.
The 2023 theme for Women’s History Month is "Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories." This theme recognizes women, past and present, who have been active in all forms of media and storytelling including print, radio, TV, stage, screen, blogs, podcasts, news, and social media.
The Modesto City Council hereby proclaims the month of March 2023 as Women’s History Month in the City of Modesto and urges all our residents to celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields.
To learn more about National Women’s History Month, visit the National Women’s History Alliance website.