The United States Commission on Civil Rights sponsors a “Consultation on Battered Women: Issues of Public Policy.” The hearings highlight the issue of battered women as a national concern.
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
First meeting of the International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women in Brussels. A resolution on domestic violence is sent to the governments of all countries.
The first International Women’s Day is celebrated, which is now an annual celebration on March 8.
Women’s History Month
1st full week: Public Health Week
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
6-12: National Nurses Week
Wednesday of National Nurses Week: National School Nurses Day
8: National Student Nurses Day
15: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
The first Women’s rights convention is held in Seneca Falls, New York.
The U.S. Congress ratifies the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote.
The United Nations Adopts the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of discrimination Against Women.
President Bill Clinton signs the Violence Against Women Act.
U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop issues a report identifying domestic violence as a major health problem for women.
The U.S. Congress passes Public Law 101-112, designating October of that year as the National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Second week: Forensic Nursing Week
The Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International is formed.
The United Nations adopts “The Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women.”