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 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.
Executive and Legislative Documents:
The Law Library of Congress has compiled guides to commemorative observations, including a comprehensive inventory of the Public Laws, Presidential Proclamations and congressional resolutions related to Women’s History Month.
Information courtesy of the Library of Congress About Women's History Month: Retrieved from https://womenshistorymonth.gov/about/
A Proclamation on Women’s History Month, 2021
Click here to read President Biden's Proclamation on Women's History Month.
Women's History Month Census Statistics: The Census offers fascinating statistical information about a wide variety of topics. The following are statistics gathered related to women - specifically participation in presidential elections, population numbers, and college education and careers. Explore the Census's webpage for further statistic information related to women.
This graph compares male and female voter registration and turnout in presidential elections since 1980.More women register and vote than men.
The number of females in the United States as of July 2018. The number of males was 161.1 million.
The approximate ratio by which women age 85 and older outnumbered men in 2018 (4.2 million to 2.3 million).
The number of females age 16 and older who participated in the civilian labor force in 2018. This comprises 58.3% of females age 16 and older.
This graphic shows the percent of college graduates, by major, who now work in science, technology, engineering or math occupations.
Census information retrieved from: https://www.census.gov/newsroom/facts-for-features/2020/womens-history-month.html