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Women's, Gender & Diversity Calendar

This calendar is limited to annual commemorations and secular celebrations of North America.

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About the author:
Gerri Gribi
is an award-winning musician, historian and educator who brings the "unsung" history of women and minorities to life. Her CD The Womansong Collection features 24 woman-positive traditional and composed songs with historical notes and lyrics, and has been enthusiastically reviewed at home and abroad. She travels North America performing her one-woman show A Musical Romp Through Women's History. Learn More


2014 Calendars are here!

August

26 - Women's Equality Day History and Resources

 

September

National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15- October 15)

National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month

First Monday: Labor Day History at the US Dept of Labor

8 International Literacy Day International Reading Association

11 - 9/11 Day the international non-profit movement to observe September 11 every year as a day of charitable service and doing good deeds.

Second Week: National Suicide Prevention Week

17-23 National Constitution Week National Constitution Center

22 Autumnal Equinox (9/22 in 2013)

23 - Celebrate Bisexuality Day

Fourth Saturday: Start of Banned Books Week American Library Association

Last Wednesday: National Women's Health and Fitness Day

October

Domestic Violence Awareness Month - National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Fair Trade Month

LGBT History Month Gay,Lesbian Straight Education Network
Also see Consortium of LGBT Resource Professionals

Breast Cancer Awareness Month and
National Breast Cancer Industry Month

The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is "a collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to services."

Breast Cancer Action - Founded as a watchdog of the NBCAM collaboration, their primary focus is prevention. Their campaigns include Think Before You Pink encouraging consumers to ask critical questions about pink ribbon promotions. (Pinkwasher: A company or organization that claims to care about breast cancer by promoting a pink ribbon product, but at the same time produces, manufactures and/or sells products that are linked to the disease.)

Pink Ribbons Inc. First Run Features, 2012. Amazon.com

The ubiquitous pink ribbons of breast cancer philanthropy - and the hand-in-hand marketing of brands and products associated with that philanthropy-- permeates our culture, providing assurance that we are engaged in a successful battle against this insidious disease. But the campaign obscures the reality and facts of breast cancer - more and more women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, and face the same treatment options they did 40 years ago. Yet women are also the most influential market group, buying 80 percent of consumer products and making most major household purchasing decisions. So then who really benefits from the pink ribbon campaigns -- the cause or the company? And what if the very companies and products that profit from their association have actually contributed to the problem?
In showing the real story of breast cancer and the lives of those who fight it, Pink Ribbons, Inc. reveals the co-opting of what marketing experts have labeled a "dream cause."

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Family Sexuality Education Month

11 - National Coming Out Day

Third Monday: National Multicultural Diversity Day National Education Association

Third Wednesday: Love Your Body Day, sponsored by NOW

16 World Food Day United Nations

17 - Media Democracy Day

Third Week: National Business Women's Week BPW-USA

Fourth Saturday: Make A Difference Day

November

National American Indian Heritage Month

First Tuesday: Election Day /// League of Women Voters

Third Thursday: Great American Smoke-Out American Cancer Society

20 - Transgender Day of Remembrance

December

Dec 1 - World AIDS Day / Day Without Art

First Week: White Ribbon Campaign to End Violence Against Women (Canada) http://www.whiteribbon.ca/

22 - Winter Solstice (12/21 2012-14)

26-Jan 1 - Kwanzaa History and Resources

January

Stalking Awareness Month: National Center for Victims of Crime

Cervical Health Awareness Month: National Cervical Cancer Coalition

Third Monday - Martin Luther King Jr. Day (King was born on January 15, 1929 ) Black History/MLK Resources

Third Week in January Healthy Weight Week: http://www.healthyweight.net/hww.htm

22 - Roe v. Wade Anniversary Planned Parenthood Federation

 

February

American Heart Month - American Heart Association

Watch a funny one-minute video, and learn how you could save a life with Hands-Only CPR!

Black History Month

1 - National Freedom Day - By presidential proclamation in 1949, this day was established to commemorate the signing of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in 1865. More

First Sunday and Monday:

Sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English with the endorsement of The International Reading Association. It is hoped that more than a million readers will sign up to read literature by Black authors on the first Sunday 4 P.M. EST (and Monday anytime) in February! You can download a packet and recommended reading lists at the NCTE.

First Wednesday - National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Created in 1987 by Congress to recognize the athletic accomplishments of girls and women in sports. Women's Sports Foundation

14 - Valentine's Day

Around the 14th - V-Day College Campaign

The V-Day College Campaign that invites colleges and universities around the world to present benefit productions of "The Vagina Monologues" on or around V-Day (Valentine's Day) 2002 to raise awareness and money to stop violence against women and girls. Proceeds from these events go back into the schools' communities to organizations and programs already working to stop the violence.

19 - Reparations/Rememberance Day Commemorates the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII

Third Friday - National Women's Heart Day

Last Week of February: National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Last Week of Feburary - National Engineer's Week with one day designated as "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day" http://www.eweek.org/site/News/Eweek/girlsday.shtml

 

March

National Women's History Month (US) National Women's History Project

Irish American Heritage Month American Foundation for Irish Heritage

8 - International Women's Day

20 - Vernal Equinox

 

April

Sexual Assault Awareness Month National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Child Abuse Awareness Month

Third Tuesday - Equal Pay Day National Committee on Pay Equity http://www.pay-equity.org/day.html

Fourth Thursday - Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day Ms. Foundation Site

5 A Day to End Sexual Violence National Sexual Violence Resource Center

12 Equal Pay Day National Committee on Pay Equity

The next Equal Pay Day is Tuesday, April 12, 2011. This date symbolizes how far into 2011 women must work to earn what men earned in 2010.

22 - Earth Day

The first Earth Day was planned as an Environmental Teach-in back in 1970, conceived by the Senator from Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson. EarthDayNet provides calendar, environmental tips, clean energy campaign, organizing materials and more.

 

May

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Celebrated in May to acknowledge the first Japanese immigrants to the United States who arrived May 7, 1843. On May 7, 1990, Asian Pacific American leaders around the country gathered at the White house to witness the signing of a proclamation by George Bush, declaring May to be Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The National Park Service maintains a website of related historic sites.

5 - Cinco de Mayo

Second Saturday - World Fair Trade Day

Since 2002, people and organizations in more than 70 countries have set aside the second Saturday in May as World Fair Trade Day. The Fair Trade Resource Network web site offers resources, posters and more.

Second Sunday - Mother's Day

Second Week (beginning on Mother's Day): National Women's Health Week

 

June

Gay & Lesbian Pride Month

5 - World Environment Day

Second Week (leading up to Father's Day): National Men's Health Awareness Day

Third Sunday - Father's Day

19 - Juneteenth (United States) History and Resources

20 - World Refugee Day - Info at the UN website

21 - Summer Solstice (6/20 in 2012, 6/21 in 2013-2015)

28 - Stonewall Rebellion Day (United States)

 

July

4 Independence Day

 

 

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