University of Missouri

46-42: A Resolution for the Celebration of Women During Women’s History Month

Purpose: To present a unified student opinion and demonstrate student support for the celebration of women during Women’s History Month.

WHEREAS, In the early nineteenth century women were considered second-class citizens whose existence was limited to the interior life of the home and care of the children. Women were considered sub-sets of their husbands, and after marriage they did not have the right to own property, maintain their wage’s, sign a contract, or vote, and

WHEREAS, Congress passed Amendment 19 on August 8, 1920, which states that the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex, and

WHEREAS, March 8, 1911 was the first International Women’s Day celebration in Europe, and

WHEREAS, In 1978 in California, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women began a “Women’s History Week” celebration. The week was chosen to coincide with International Women’s Day, March 8, and

WHEREAS, In 1981 the United States Congress passed a resolution establishing National Women’s History Week, and

WHEREAS, In 1987, at the request of the National Women’s History Project, Congress expanded the week to a month, and

THEREFORE, Be it resolved that the Missouri Students Association respectfully celebrates women during Women’s History Month.

Respectfully Submitted,

TJ McKenna Rachel Anderson

Senator Off-Campus MSA President