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Women’s History Month

At Centra we strive to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Communities we serve and in our workplace. Recognizing Women’s History Month supports this vision.

Women’s History Month began as a small celebration in Santa Rosa, California in 1978. A couple years later, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation which declared the week of March 8 to be National Women’s History Week.

After petitions from the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Public Law 100-9 in 1987. This expanded the celebration from a week to a month, creating what we now know as Women’s History Month!

Every year since has been centered around a specific theme. The theme for 2023 Women’s History Month is  “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.” This year’s theme encourages “recognition of women, past and present, who have been active in all forms of media and storytelling including print, radio, TV, stage, screen, blogs, podcasts, and more.”1

Did you know? 

Loretta M. Burd served as Centra Credit Union’s Chief Executive Officer for 25 years! She’s regularly recognized for her contributions to Centra throughout her career and during her time as CEO. Our scholarship program and boardroom in our headquarters are even named in her honor! After retirement, she went on to serve on Centra’s Board of Directors for ten years.


Here are some interesting achievements in women’s history that you might not know!

  • Nancy W. Dickey, MD, was the first woman to be elected president of the American Medical Association (AMA) in 1998.2
  • Elizabeth Blackwell, MD, was the first woman in the United States to be granted a medical degree in 1849.3
  • Nora Stanton was the first female to become a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).4
  • Geraldyn “Jerrie” Cobb became the United States’ first woman astronaut trainee in 1960.5
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg paved the way for the Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974. This gave woman the right to apply for credit cards and mortgages without a male co-signer.6
  • Katie Bouman captured the first-ever image of a black hole in 2019.7

Want to learn more?

Interested in learning more about Women’s History Month? You can find helpful information and facts here:


1. National Women’s History Alliance | Our History is Our Strength. (2019). Nationalwomenshistoryalliance.org. https://nationalwomenshistoryalliance.org/

2. 10 Trailblazing Women in Healthcare | Health Hive. (n.d.). Hive.rochesterregional.org. https://hive.rochesterregional.org/2021/03/history-of-women-in-healthcare

3. Weiner, S. (2020, March 3). Celebrating 10 women medical pioneers. AAMC. https://www.aamc.org/news-insights/celebrating-10-women-medical-pioneers

4. Nora Stanton. (n.d.). EngineerGirl. https://www.engineergirl.org/125418/Nora-Stanton

5. Cobb, Geraldyn M. | The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. (n.d.). Www.okhistory.org. Retrieved January 27, 2022, from https://www.okhistory.org/publications/enc/entry.php?entry=CO010

6. Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Milestones and Their Impact on Financial Equality. (n.d.). The Balance. Retrieved January 27, 2022, from https://www.thebalance.com/ruth-bader-ginsburg-milestones-5093118#:~:text=Equal%20Credit%20Opportunity%20Act

7. Women, U. N. (2019, December 20). Fifteen defining moments for women in 2019. Medium. https://un-women.medium.com/fifteen-defining-moments-for-women-in-2019-c723caf57edc