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Women's History Month: Women's History Month

Marie Curie, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Abigail Adams

March is Women's History Month

From Women'sHistoryMonth.gov - "Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” 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.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month."

Government Resources

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.

Woman's History Site from the National Archives

The National Archives celebrates Women's History Month, recognizing the great contributions that women have made to our nation. Learn about the history of women in the United States by exploring their stories through letters, photographs, film, and other primary sources. 

Image Credit: Women Marching in Suffragette Parade, Washington, DC (National Archives)

Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists

This exhibition from the rich collections of the Library of Congress brings to light remarkable but little-known contributions made by North American women to two popular art forms—illustration and cartooning. 

Image Credit: collage of "Selma threw herself at full length on the ground" by Alice Barber Stephens; “Dancing Couples, no. 1” by Anne Harriet Fish and "Tugged" by Anita Kunz (Library of Congress)

Telling All Americans' Stories: Women's History

From the lives of young, immigrant women who worked the textile mills at Lowell National Historical Park to those of the female shipyard workers who were essential to the home front during World War II at Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historic Park, women's history can be found at every park. If you want to understand our nation's history, explore the remarkable legacies of American women. 

Image Credit: Palmer, Alfred T., photographer. (1943) Operating a hand drill at Vultee-Nashville, woman is working on a “Vengeance” dive bomber, Tennessee. Feb. (Library of Congress)

The Women of Four Wars

The limited but important roles women played in Korea and Vietnam paved the path to more expanded -- and in some cases more dangerous -- specialties in recent wars.

Image credit: Color digital image of Lee Lane in uniform sitting in the cockpit doorway of a helicopter (Library of Congress)

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