March is Women’s History Month

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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 commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. (source: http://womenshistorymonth.gov)

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: http://womenshistorymonth.gov)

Display created by Kristin Butler, Special Programs Librarian

Library Display

To help commemorate Women in History, the library has created a book and informational display on the 1st FL.

Online Collections – Library of Congress

Penn[sylvania] on the picket line– 1917
Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman’s Party, 1875-1938
https://www.loc.gov/resource/mnwp.160022

Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman’s Party
This collection includes 448 digitized photographs selected from approximately 2,650 print photographs in the Records of the National Woman’s Party (NWP). The NWP sought to attract publicity, generate public interest, and pressure government officials to support women’s suffrage in order to win passage of a federal amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing women the right to vote.

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