ST. PAUL, MN – Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed March to be “Women’s History Month
” in the State of Minnesota. While women’s history should be celebrated and studied throughout the year, this is a time to observe the role women have played in shaping Minnesota’s history, and the critical role all women play in shaping our state’s future.
Governor Dayton’s proclamation comes as WalletHub yesterday released a new national study
ranking Minnesota the best state in the nation for women. The study also ranks Minnesota 1st in the nation for Women’s Economic and Social Well-Being, and 3rd for Women’s Health and Safety. You can read the full WalletHub report by clicking here.
The following is a statement from Governor Mark Dayton:
“During Women’s History Month, and throughout the year, I ask all Minnesotans to join me in reflecting upon the significant achievements that have been made by women in our state, and our country. This new ranking from WalletHub underscores the great progress women have made in Minnesota. But there is more we must do to fight for greater equality and inclusion at all levels in our state. That includes equal pay for equal work, paid parental leave, reproductive rights and access to health care, and greater opportunity for all women in Minnesota.”
About Women’s History Month
In 1981, Congress passed a law requesting the President to proclaim a National Women’s History Week. For the next five years, Congress continuously passed this law in order to designate this week in March as National Women’s History Week. After great advocacy efforts and a petition from the National Women’s History Project in 1987, the United States Congress declared the month of March as National Women’ s History Month. A special Presidential Proclamation has been issued every year since 1995 to honor the achievements of American women. You can learn more here.