JPL Celebrates 2012 National Women's History Month

In honor of Women's History Month, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is hosting a live event on Thursday, March 8th, 2012 to recognize the role of women in the success of JPL and NASA as well as space science, engineering and technology.

During the celebration, participants will have the opportunity to listen to and speak with a panel of key personnel who lead NASA/JPL missions as well as future trailblazers of space science.

Growing out of a small-town school event in California, Women's History Month is a celebration of women's contributions to history, culture and society. The United States has observed it annually throughout the month of March since 1987. The 2012 theme, "Women's Education - Women's Empowerment," pays tribute to women's tenacity, courage and creativity over the centuries.

The equal opportunity to learn, taken for granted by most young women today, owes much to Title IX of the Education Codes of the Higher Education Act Amendments. This legislation, passed in 1972 and enacted in 1977, prohibited gender discrimination by federally funded institutions. It has become the primary tool for women's fuller participation in all aspects of education from scholarships, to facilities, to classes formerly closed to women. Indeed, it transformed the educational landscape of the United States within the span of a generation.

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