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.”

Women’s History Month is a dedicated month to reflect on the often-overlooked contributions of women to United States history. From Abigail Adams to Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth to Rosa Parks, the timeline of women’s history milestones stretches back to the founding of the United States.

The Celebrating Women Calendar

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March 31 – Ibtihaj Muhammad

Olympic fencer, activist.   During the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, Muhammad became the first American woman to wear a hijab while competing at the games and win a bronze medal. She’s also a five-time Senior World medalist and World Champion. And in 2017, Mattel produced their first hijab-wearing Barbie, created in Muhammad’s likeness.

March 30 – Susan Rice

Diplomat, policy advisor, politician.   During the Barack Obama administration, Rice was the first Black woman to serve as the U.S. representative to the United Nations. The Stanford graduate was also Obama’s national security advisor and was nominated by President-elect Joe Biden to serve as domestic policy advisor and director of the Domestic Policy Council during […]

March 28 – Stacey Abrams

Politician, lawyer, novelist.  Abrams earned herself an endorsement from Oprah during her campaign to become Georgia’s new governor in 2018. (She would have been the first Black woman to step into the role.) Though she lost the race, she’s still a political standout, delivering the Democratic response to President Trump’s State of the Union Address in 2019 and […]

March 27- Beyonce Knowles-Carter

Singer, songwriter, entertainer, actress, entrepreneur.  Known to her loyal fanbase as Queen B, Knowles-Carter is arguably one of the best entertainers of our time. (We all know who runs the world, thanks to her.) She’s earned the most Grammy nominations for a female artist with 79 total, and she’s the second most decorated female Grammy winner […]

March 26 – Misty Copeland

Ballerina and athlete.  A fierce advocate for dance as a form of expression for people of color everywhere, Copeland became the first African American woman to become the American Ballet Theatre’s principal dancer after 75 years. Known to many as a prodigy in the dance world, Copeland was dancing en-pointe three months after her first dance […]