GovBenefits.gov Highlights Benefit Programs in Tribute to Women?s History Month
GovBenefits.gov joins the nation in recognizing March as Women's History Month by highlighting benefit programs that may be of special interest to women. This year's theme is "Women: Builders of Communities and Dreams" GovBenefits.gov acknowledges women's contributions to their communities and features dozens of programs for women and their families. A few of these programs are highlighted below:

WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)
Women, infants (over 4 months old), and children that are certified to receive WIC Program benefits or who are on a waiting list for WIC certification are eligible to participate in the FMNP. The Farmers' Market Nutrition Program exists: 1) To provide fresh, nutritious unprepared produce (such as fruits and vegetables) to WIC participants from farmers' markets and to expand the awareness and use of farmers' markets and increase sales at such markets. For more information, visit the WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program.

Women's Educational Equity Act Program
The Women's Educational Equity Act Program promotes gender equity in education as well as promotes equity in education for women and girls who suffer from multiple forms of discrimination based on sex and race, ethnic origin, limited English proficiency, disability or age. The program also provides financial assistance to enable educational agencies to meet the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. In order to qualify for this benefit program, you or your family member must have served in the Reserve Officer Training Corps and you must have suffered from discrimination based on sex and race, limited English proficiency, disability or age. For more information, visit the Women's Educational Equity Act Program.

As for the origin of this annual observance created in 1987, the National Women's History Project issued a press release stating in part its purpose:

To address the absence of information about women in America's schools, the National Women's History Project led a movement to have Congress designate a celebration to recognize women's historic achievements. The goal was to ensure that information about the myriad ways women have changed America would be part of our children's education.


To access the complete press release and for more information, please visit the Women's History Project Web Site