National Women's History Month
Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President 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 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 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 Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”
Celebration of Downtown Bend's Women Entrepreneurs
In Downtown Bend we have over 45 women-owned businesses. Women are a driving force in shaping our Downtown's future. With over 385 businesses and 4,000 employees Downtown Bend is the largest employer in Bend. Successful small locally-owned business are vital to a thriving economy. In recent years, there has been a movement in our community to focus their attention (and dollars) on companies owned by underrepresented demographics, such as women. Whether it's a women's owned clothing boutique of a marketing company, supporting female-owned businesses is important. Click here for a full list of female owned businesses in Downtown Bend - How many can you support during the month of March?
Bend Women's March
Bend Women’s March! Bend Women’s March is a month-long celebration in Bend, Oregon, of all the ways women are shaping our awesome community through arts & culture, business, and outdoor adventure. Participants are encouraged to build and share their own itineraries with March cultural events, urban adventures, and outdoor escapes. Learn more here.