March is Women’s History Month

Women History Month logoThe theme this year for Women’s History Month is Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment, and honors the extraordinary and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of women. This year’s Honorees represent a wide-range of occupations and accomplishments.

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, every President has issued annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” President Obama’s Presidential Proclamation was issued earlier this month.

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