The Meaning of March

March Theme

March: “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope”

March is Women’s History Month, and 2022 theme celebrates “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope” which according to the National Women’s History Alliance, 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.” : International Women’s Day is March 8th.

Women’s History Month was officially created by Congress in 1987, but the movement began with March 8, 1911 International Women’s Day as a global celebration of the achievements of women. In 1975 the United Nations sponsored International Women’s Day; and  in 1975 the school district of Sonoma, California organized a weeklong celebration of women’s contributions to culture, and history. President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8, 1980 as National Women’s History Week.

“March” is named for the Roman god of war, Mars, because it was the time of year military campaigns would resume fighting after being interrupted by winter. Sadly that seems true in today as well, as the people of Ukraine as fight for democracy.

Other highlights in March include: Daylight Saving Time (13th), St. Patricks Day (17th), a very bright Full Worm Moon (18th) and Spring  Equinox (20th). If you are a gardener or an optimist, start planting seeds, even if they are only seeds of hope!

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