Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month

Join us in celebrating women’s contributions to history & their impact on society in the U.S.

By: Christen Bourgeois Date: March 2nd, 2023

Originally published by UW Medicine Harborview Medical Center on 3/1/2023.

Origins of Women’s History Month

Since 1987, the U.S. has recognized the month of March as Women’s History Month. Evolving from an earlier “Women’s History Week,” the month is an essential recognition of past and present women. Congress passed additional resolutions in 1995 requesting that the President make an annual proclamation to designate the month. Read the presidential proclamation for 2023.

An Equitable Future

The women’s rights movement is our history, present and future because there is still much work to be done. Addressing gender inequities in hiring, compensation, and career advancement, eradicating gender bias, and recognizing women’s history and experience as intersectional — how aspects of identity like race, sexual orientation, socio-economic status and more, interact with gender — are deeply important to understanding the past and ensuring our future is built with equity.

Theme for 2023

The National Women’s History Alliance announced the 2023 History Month as “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.” The theme honors and recognizes women in every community who have devoted their lives and talents to producing art and news, pursuing truth and reflecting society decade after decade.


Learn more about some of the prominent influencers in women’s history by visiting The Huddle at UW Medicine.


  • Empowering Women in Anesthesiology presented by Cynthia A. Wong, MD and UW Professor, Chair and Department Executive Officer of Anesthesia
    (UW Net ID required to watch)

Leadership Development 

Women in leadership roles have been shown to drive organizational improvement. In order to combat the career barriers that women face, leaders in Anesthesiology, particularly men, can take a more proactive role in sponsoring women physicians and providing resources to further develop women leaders.

Check out these resources supporting leadership development for women in Anesthesiology:

Recommended Readings

  • Difficult Women by Roxane Gay, a collection of stories that paint a broad portrait of American women and their experiences.
  • The Doctors Blackwell by Janice P. Nimura, the story of the first woman in American to receive her MD, followed closely by her sister.

Local History

Woman-owned Businesses

Nonprofit Organizations Supporting Women & Girls



Financial Planning