Throughout the month of March, FrostburgFirst is celebrating the ‘Year of the Woman’ and Women’s History Month!

Maryland is honoring the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which awarded women the right to vote in America, by declaring 2020 the ‘Year of the Woman’! As a Main Street Maryland organization, we love all of our members and want to take time this month to appreciate the local female-driven businesses in Downtown Frostburg!

A little history…..The first women’s celebration grew out of a week-long review of women’s contributions to culture, history and society organized by the school district of Sonoma, California, in 1978. A national recognition of women’s history originated in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28, which authorized President Reagan to designate the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week”. The whole month was first declared a dedication to women’s history in March 1987 and has been recognized by American presidents every year since 1995. In addition, March 8 has been recognized as ‘International Women’s Day’ by the United Nations since 1975 to: “recognize the fact that securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms require the active participation, equality and development of women; and to acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security.”

What we plan to do…..For our own celebration, we plan to highlight the incredible women in our small town that own or manage our local businesses with a series of social media posts on Facebook and Instagram, so keep your eye out for postings using the hashtag #frostburgwomen. Also, be on the look out for ‘Women Wednesdays’ throughout the month on our social medias to show our appreciation for all the Frostburg ladies!

To inaugurate the ‘Year of the Woman’, Maryland is celebrating women with various programs, exhibits, and activities through the Office of Tourism and its partners. Visit https://www.visitmaryland.org/list/2020-year-woman-maryland for more information!