Slideshow: Celebrating Women's History Month
March is Women’s History Month, and March 8 is International Women’s Day, which celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women while pushing for gender parity throughout the world.
The day dates back to 1909, when The Socialist Party of America celebrated it to support New York City women protesting against unfair working conditions, but it wasn’t designated as International Women’s Day by the United Nations until 1975. After being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress designated the month of March 1987 as the first Women’s History Month. Every subsequent president has issued an annual proclamation in March honoring women’s contributions to history and progress.
In 2016, President Barack Obama’s proclamation declared:
“We must strive to build the future we want our children to inherit — one in which their dreams are not deferred or denied, but where they are uplifted and praised. We have come far, but there is still far to go in shattering the glass ceiling that holds women back. This month, as we reflect on the marks made by women throughout history, let us uphold the responsibility that falls on all of us — regardless of gender — and fight for equal opportunity for our daughters as well as our sons.”
We will be updating this slideshow throughout the month of March, so check back in as we add more photos.
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