Women’s History Month

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Bonnie Hein

Origins of Women’s History Month

Originally, Women’s History Week was designated the week beginning March 7, 1982 under Public Law 97-28 (95 Stat. 148) and announced with Presidential Proclamation 4903 by President Ronald Reagan:

“American women of every race, creed and ethnic background helped found and build our Nation in countless recorded and unrecorded ways. As pioneers, teachers, mothers, homemakers, soldiers, nurses and laborers, women played and continue to play a vital role in American economic, cultural and social life. In science, business, medicine, law, the arts and the home, women have made significant contributions to the growth and development of our land. Their diverse service is among America’s most precious gifts….”

After being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 (101 Stat. 99), which designated March 1987 as “Women’s History Month”.

President Reagan then issued Presidential Proclamation 5619 stating, “From earliest times, women have helped shape our Nation. Historians today stress all that women have meant to our national life, but the rest of us too should remember, with pride and gratitude, the achievements of women throughout American history….”

Let’s take a look at some important women in U.S. History

Alice Paul (January 11, 1885 – July 9, 1977) had a substantial impact on the American history of women. As an American suffragist, women’s rights activist, and feminist, she was a main leader and architect of some of the most outstanding political achievements on behalf of women in the 20th century.

She along with others strategically orchestrated a successful campaign resulting in the passage of the  Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution after major events such as the Woman Suffrage Procession and the Silent Sentinels.

Afterwards, Alice Paul was the leader of the National Women’s Party and the first author of the Equal Rights Amendment.  She additionally worked with representatives to include women as a protected civil rights category in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (78 Stat. 241).

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HeinOnline’s Women and the Law database brings together books, biographies and periodicals dedicated to the role of women in society and the law spanning more than 615,000 pages!

This unique collection of materials provides a convenient platform for users to research the progression of women’s roles and rights in society over the past 200 years. Also included are more than 70 titles from Emory University Law School’s Feminism and Legal Theory Project which provide a platform to view the effect of law and culture on the female gender.

Notable works include the History of Woman Suffrage (1881-1922), Woman’s Citizen’s Library: A Systematic Course of Reading in Preparation for the Larger Citizenship (1913-1914), Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony: Including Public Addresses, Her Own Letters and Many from her Contemporaries during Fifty Years (1898) , and many more.

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