As some of you may know, March is Women’s History Month. This annual recognition of the contributions and struggles of American women began in 1981 when Congress passed Public Law 97-28 authorizing and requesting President Reagan to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as Women’s History Week. As a result, President Reagan issued Presidential Proclamation 4903 recognizing the first Women’s History Week.
Women’s History Month as we now know it began in March 1987 with Presidential Proclamation 5619. Each year the President issues a proclamation acknowledging the achievements of American women and celebrating the accomplishments of specific women throughout history. Consistent with this tradition, President Obama recently issued a proclamation declaring March 2010 Women’s History Month.
To learn more about Women’s History Month and the achievements of American women, visit the Library of Congress website and the Women’s History Month website.