March is Women’s History Month, which originated as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28, authorizing the first “Women’s History Week.” The week expanded to a month in 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project. Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields.
Yesterday, President Biden issued a proclamation for this year’s Women’s History Month and stated in part: “The full participation of women is a foundational tenet of democracy. Women — often women of color — have been on the frontlines, fighting for and securing equal rights and opportunity throughout our country’s history as abolitionists, civil rights leaders, suffragists, and labor activists. Women continue to lead as advocates for reproductive rights, champions of racial justice, and LGBTQI+ equality. Throughout history, these women have opened the doors of opportunity for subsequent generations of dreamers and doers. As community leaders, educators, doctors, scientists, childcare providers, and more, women power our economy and lead our Nation. As first responders and service members, they stand watch over our lives and liberties. As innovators, entrepreneurs, and essential workers in every industry, they represent the very best of America.”
To read the entire proclamation, please visit here.
We will be posting about the stories of many women this month, including some wonderful women here at Bailey Glasser.