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CGCC Library Celebrates Women's History Month: At a Glance

March is Women's History Month

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 Women's History Month

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. 


166.6 million

The number of females in the United States as of July 2019. The number of males was 161.7 million.

Source:US Census Bureau


2 to 1

The approximate ratio by which women age 85 and older outnumbered men in 2019 (4.2 million to 2.4 million).

Source:US Census Bureau


78.4 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.

Source: 2018 American Community Survey, 1-Year Estimates


This graphic shows the percent of college graduates, by major, who now work in science, technology, engineering or math occupations.

 Census information retrieved from:

Library of Congress Women's History Images

Youngest parader in New York City suffragist

Youngest parader in New York City suffragist parade

[Elizabeth Cady Stanton, seated, and Susan B. Anthony, standing, three-quarter length portrait]

Official program - Woman suffrage procession, Washington, D.C. March 3, 1913 / Dale.

Official program - Woman suffrage procession, Washington, D.C. March 3, 1913 / Dale.

Official program - Woman suffrage procession, Washington, D.C. March 3, 1913 / Dale.

Sojourner Truth, three-quarter length portrait, standing, wearing spectacles, shawl, and peaked cap, right hand resting on cane

Part of the cowling for one of the motors for a B-25 bomber is assembled in the engine department of North American [Aviation, Inc.]'s Inglewood, Calif., plant

Portrait of Rosa Parks at the White House after receiving the 1996 Presidential Medal of Freedom, Washington, D.C.

Carrie Chapman Catt, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front

Production. Launching of the SS Booker T. Washington. Marian Anderson, celebrated contralto, and Mrs. Mary McLeod Bethune, Director of Negro Affairs, National Youth Administration (NYA), at the launching of the SS Booker T. Washington, first Liberty Ship named for a Negro, at the California Shipbuilding Corporation's yards

Alice Paul, full-length portrait, standing, facing left, raising glass with right hand

Women at work on bomber, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif.

Harriet Tubman, full-length portrait, seated in chair, facing front, probably at her home in Auburn, New York

Miss [Lucy] Burns in Occoquan Workhouse, Washington