March is Women’s History Month

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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.”

From the Law Library of Congress’ guide to the legislative history of Women’s History Month.

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.

Put the power of primary sources to work in the classroom. Browse ready-to-use lesson plans, student activities, collection guides and research aids.

The Library of Congress

National Archives

National Endowment for the Humanities

National Gallery of Art

  • Browse online materials (PDFs, interactive lesson plans, and podcasts) and borrow free-loan resources (teaching packets, DVDs/VHS) on art by female artists at NGA Learning Resources.

For Kids

  • Louise Bourgeois, Spider, “Lizzy & Gordon Visit the Sculpture Garden”
    Louise Bourgeois created this giant spider sculpture to represent her mother (who died when she was 21). That might seem weird (if you love your mother and are afraid of spiders), but to Louise, a spider represents a powerful, yet delicate protectress. Also, her mother ran a tapestry repair business where she wove fabric like a spider spinning a web.

Inside Scoop

  • Elisabeth Vigée-LeBrun (PDF)
    Vigée-LeBrun was one of late-eighteenth-century France’s most successful portrait painters—often she had a waiting list! Why was she so popular? Because Vigée-LeBrun pleased her clients by making them look attractive, with graceful poses and happy expressions.
  • Georgia O’Keeffe (PDF)
    American artist Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986) is known for her paintings of flowers, bones, shells, stones, leaves, trees, mountains, and other natural forms.
  • Mary Cassatt (PDF)
    Mary Cassatt (1844 – 1926) is best known for her portrayals of mothers and children. She became a successful professional artist at a time when it was very difficult for a woman to do so.


National Park Service

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