MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Women from across South Orange and Maplewood gathered on the steps of the Maplewood Municipal Building to celebrate March being National Women’s History Month and March 8 being International Women’s Day. They celebrated in the lobby with mimosas and conversation. 

According to the website census.gov,  “The roots of National Women’s History Month go back to March 8, 1857, when women from various New York City factories staged a protest over working conditions. The first Women's Day celebration in the United States was also in New York City in 1909, but Congress did not establish National Women's History Week until 1981 to be commemorated annually the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month. Every year since, Congress has passed a resolution for Women’s History Month, and the president has issued a proclamation.”