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.
A look back at our 2015 Keynote Speaker
Two-time Olympian Anita DeFrantz delivered the Women's History Month keynote address on March 24, 2015. 6:30 pm, Oxford Presentation Room, 1390 Oxford Road
Atlanta, GA 30322
Leveling the Playing Field: Women, Sports, and Title IX
Watch Anita's DeFrantz's Speech Below
DeFrantz is president of the Board of Directors of the LA84 Foundation, which supports youth sports and health education initiatives in Southern California. She is an attorney, a member of the International Olympic Committee, and a two-time U.S. Olympian (1976 and 1980) in rowing. After more than 40 years, the impact of Title IX is still being felt. According to DeFrantz, "We've made progress, as evidenced by female participation in high school sports increasing by 900 percent, according to the Women's Sports Foundation. But we're still aspiring to make sure all students have access-because we know it can make the difference between failure and success in life."