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March: Women's History Month

Celebrate Women's History Month

In 1909, first ever National Women’s Day was hosted in New York where women protested against working conditions. It grew into an international movement and the eventual founding of International Women’s Day where the world recognized women’s achievements on March 8th every year. 

In 1987, the United States Congress officially designated the month of March as National Women History Month. The Minnesota Department of Human Rights would like to take this chance to recognize the achievements of Minnesota women and dedicate this page to highlight the events and celebrations throughout the state. 

Amid the national conversation, this year National Women’s History theme is “Nevetheless She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.” MDHR has summarized a few critical moments in our state’s history:

  • WOMEN GRANTED FULL MEMBERSHIP IN JAYCEES
MDHR had previously found that the Jaycees was a public accommodation as defined by the Minnesota Human Rights Act and was subject to the anti-discrimination provisions of the law. The Supreme Court upheld the Act finding that the prohibitions against sex discrimination were not protected under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
 
  • FEMALE STUDENT SEXUAL HARASSED IN SCHOOL
The idea that school children, like adults, could be victims and perpetrators of sexual harassment began in Minnesota. A case involving a 15-year-old Duluth high school student introduced the idea of student-on-student sexual harassment, nearly a decade before the U.S. Supreme Court would take up the issue.
 
  • MINNESOTA SUPREME COURT RECOGNIZES SEXUAL HARASSMENT
In a 1980 court case, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled for the first time that the prohibition against sex discrimination in the Minnesota Human Rights Act included the concept of sexual harassment. The U.S. Supreme Court would not address the issue until 1986.
 
  • THE NATION’S FIRST SEXUAL HARASSMENT CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT

In 1984, Lois Jensen filed a complaint with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. The dispute would eventually result in the filing of the nation’s first class action lawsuit relating to workplace sexual harassment. 

This month, MDHR will feature educational materials in our Rights Blog and offer a webinar on sexual harassment. To get the latest updates, you can sign up for MDHR Newsletter or follow us on our Twitter and Facebook


Events throughout Minnesota:

International Women's Day: Promoting and Supporting Women of African Descent
In celebration of International Women’s Day, Isuroon and the Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs are hosting a symposium centered on women of African descent. Keynote addresses and panels will focus on economics, health, and other topics.
Cowles Auditorium, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Campus
Thursday, Mar. 8, 2018 8 am
For more information: https://goo.gl/sEdYLq

"Women's Work in the Time of War"
Ms. Lynsey Addario, a nationally acclaimed photo-journalist, will speak for the 2018 Women's History Month Lecture. Capturing images in such places as Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, Ms. Addario gives voice to stories otherwise silenced by conflict and war.
O'Shaughnessy Auditorium (OEC), University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus
Thursday, Mar. 8, 2018 7:30 PM
For more information: https://goo.gl/XiQDMJ

Women of Mill City Family Day
Celebrate Women's History Month with a day devoted to the women of Mill City. Enjoy performances by Mill City Museum History Players portraying 19th and 20th-century women from Minneapolis and the surrounding area. Explore the museum exhibits for stories of women who contributed to Minnesota history and Minneapolis' flour milling, like the female flour packers who began working at the Washburn A Mill in 1902.
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Saturday, Mar. 31, 2018 12 PM
For more information: http://www.mnhs.org/event/5070

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