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Women's History Month

Women’s History Month honors and celebrates the struggles and achievements of American women throughout the history of the United States.

In 1981 Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 that authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week". In 1982, President Reagan issued Presidential Proclamation 4903 proclaiming the week beginning on March 7, 1982 as the first "Women’s History Week" and recognizing the vital role of women in American history.

In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.”  This law requested the President to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate activities and ceremonies. Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month.

This year's theme is “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business”, featuring the stories of women from diverse backgrounds and different fields who have challenged and changed the paid labor force to secure equal rights and equal opportunities for women in the workplace.

Relevant Links:

  1. Congressional Record Daily: Vol. 163, No. 36, 115th Congress, 1st Session
  2. Library of Congress: Women’s History Month Overview


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