March is Women’s History Month

March 28th, 2016 by

This post was written by Larimer Porter, Spring 2016 Curatorial Intern

Did you know that March is women’s history month?! What began as only a week long commemoration of women’s history in California in 1981, has become a nationally recognized month dedicated to the celebration of the history of women and of their contributions to society and culture. In honor of women’s history month, the AAMI has a case of women’s church-going hats on display in the front lobby. These beautiful hats represent a rich tradition of African American women’s fashion and church-going wear throughout the twentieth century.

While doing some research on the history of Women’s History Month, I came across a short video produced by the History Channel, entitled Humble Beginnings, which presents the humble beginnings of prominent African American women….I thought you might enjoy it!

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