March is Women’s History Month
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 paying tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society.
About Women’s History Month
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.” (Source: WomensHistoryMonth.gov)
Dr. Marian Desrosiers
March 26, 2015 @ 4 p.m.
Presentation: “Justice Florence Kerins Murray of Rhode Island: Patriot, Public Servant, Distinguished Jurist, and Champion of the Rights and Progress of Women.”
This pioneering woman was one of the first women in many fields: Lt. Col. in the army, senator, trial judge, Chair of the National Judicial College, and Rhode Island Supreme Court Justice. She accomplished much in behalf of others locally as lawyer and legislator, establishing the Family Court and the Rhode Island Council on the Humanities, and nationally through her service on DACOWITS, presidential commissions, and as a Founding Mother of the National Association of Women Judges. Murray took on her private roles as wife and mother, as seriously as her public roles as educator and judge. Free event, all are invited.
To help commemorate Women in History, the library has created a book and informational display on the 1st FL. Some images from the display are below.