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NPS Celebrates Women's History Month

NPS Celebrates Women's History Month
NPS Communications

The Norwalk Board of Education is proud to recognize March as Women’s History Month. Women’s History Month is a time to recognize, celebrate and honor the achievements and contributions of women throughout history and their impact on the United States and the world.

Historically, women have been underrepresented and marginalized in various field including but not limited to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, politics, arts, and literature. The Norwalk BOE finds it essential that we educate our students on the significant role that women have played in shaping our society and culture.

The Norwalk Commission on the Status of Women recently recognized two individuals from our community with the first-ever ImpACT Awards. The award were designed to recognize people whose actions have had a positive impact on women, girls, and other marginalized members of the community such as transgender people and gender non-conforming people.

We’d like to congratulate Brien McMahon High School senior Roshni Yousuf, who received the Rising Star ImpACT Award, recognizing a young member of the community whose making a positive impact. We’ve heard from Roshni multiple times along with her peers from the Center for Youth Leadership who have been strong advocates for gender equality and access to necessary resources.

We’d also like to congratulate State Representative Dominique Johnson who received the Adult ImpACT Award. We thank her for her continued support of Norwalk Public Schools and its various initiatives bringing new and unique opportunities to all students.

Women’s History Month originated as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Public Law 97-28 which authorized and requested the president of the United States to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as Women’s History Week. Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as Women’s History Week.

In 1987, Congress passed Public Law 100-9, which designated the month of March as Women’s History Month. Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the president to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month.

Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”

By declaring this Women’s History Month, the Norwalk Board of Education encourages our community to learn more about the contributions and achievements of women from all walks of life that strengthened our city, our state, our country and the world.