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Women’s History Month: A Commemorative Observances Legal Research Guide

This guide provides the legislative history, proclamations, and laws related to establishing and designating Women's History Month (March).


Women's History Month honors and celebrates the struggles and achievements of American women throughout the history of the United States. American women have fought throughout our history to gain rights not simply for themselves, but also for many other underrepresented and disenfranchised groups in America.

The Law Library of Congress has prepared material with commentary and recommended resources for selected national observances and commemorative months. This guide provides a brief history of the laws and presidential proclamations which established Women's History Month.

Ann Rosener, photographer. Women in industry. 1942. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

For more information on Women's History Month see Library of Congress: Women's History Month.

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