March: Women’s History is Building

Recognizing March as Women’s History Month began in the labor movement of the early 1900s and was first celebrated as a single day (in 1909), then a week (in 1978), and finally the entire month (in 1987). Women’s History Month is an opportunity to recognize the vital role of women in American history, and related celebrations during March are International Women’s Day (March 8) and Women of Aviation Week (week of March 8).

Women in Construction Week (March 7 – 13) is the perfect opportunity to highlight Women Build, an initiative of Flower City Habitat for Humanity. Each year in Rochester, teams of women (and a handful of men) work together to make another Habitat home possible. Fundraising for Women Build’s 17th home is going on now. Construction is scheduled to start in April, and Women Build is recruiting.

Learn more at the virtual kick-off event, 7pm, Thursday, March 11 on their Facebook page.

Such building efforts are much needed in the Rochester region. Visit the RocHealthData Map Room to see our region’s need for quality, affordable housing, as reflected in data about severe housing issues, overcrowded housing, severely cost-burdened housing, and housing units lacking kitchen and plumbing facilities.

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