Slideshow: Celebrating Women's History Month

  • Democratic Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis leaves the Austin, Texas home of Jim Bryce where she gave a pep talk to campaign volunteers on Nov. 3, 2014.
  • President Barack Obama (L) kisses First Lady Michelle Obama (R) as they arrive to deliver remarks during a campaign event in Dubuque, Iowa, on Aug. 15, 2012, during his three-day campaign bus tour across the state.
  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks at her weekly news briefing Friday, May 9, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., listens to testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Feb. 24, 2015.
  • South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signs a bill into law as former South Carolina governors and officials look on July 9, 2015, at the Statehouse in Columbia, S.C. The law enables the removal of the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds more than 50 years after the rebel banner was raised to protest the civil rights movement. 
  • In this Nov. 6, 1968 file photo Shirley Chisholm is surrounded by campaign workers flashing the victory sign, shortly after she won election to Congress from New York City’s Bedford-Stuyvesant district, on Nov. 6, 1968. In 1972 Chisholm became the first black woman to pursue the presidency, waging a campaign to end the Vietnam War and give voice to the silent in the nation’s policy-making. Jesse Jackson followed in 1984 and 1988, paving the way for the candidacies of Alan Keyes, Al Sharpton and Carol Moseley Braun.
  • This Oct. 1, 2010 file photo provided by the Supreme Court shows, from left, Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Justice Elena Kagan in the Justices’ Conference Room prior to Justice Kagan’s Investiture Ceremony at the court in Washington. This is the first time in U.S. history that three women are serving on the Supreme Court bench. 
  • Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg poses in her Supreme Court chambers in Washington, July 31, 2014. Justice Ginsburg, affectionately referred to as RBG by admirers, was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 and ruled on two landmark cases in 2015 — King v. Burwell, which upheld President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, and Obergefell v. Hodges, which made same-sex marriage legal in the United States. 
  • Elena Kagan in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 7, 2010. Kagan, who grew up in New York City,  was the first woman to serve as solicitor general of the United States when she was confirmed in 2009. President Obama appointed her to SCOTUS in 2010. 
  • Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor smiles before speaking at San Jose State University in San Jose, Calif., Oct. 20, 2014. Sotomayor became the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice when she was appointed in 2009. She was involved in the 1995 Major League Baseball strike ruling and has historically supported affirmative action programs. 
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is introduced during a campaign stop, Jan. 22, 2016, in Rochester, N.H.
Currently running for president, Clinton’s name is synonymous with American politics. After serving as Arkansas first lady for 12 years, she took an active role as first lady of the United States from 1993-2001 while her husband Bill Clinton was in office. After the White House, she was elected senator of New York, the only first lady elected to the United States Senate and the first woman elected statewide in New York. She was secretary of state under President Barack Obama from 2009-2013.  
  • In this June 28, 2015 photo, comedian and actress Amy Schumer poses for a portrait at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica, Calif. With her no-holds-barred personality, Schumer has emerged as one of the sharpest commentators on gender in America with her TV show “Inside Amy Schumer,” which she says began as a “secret feminist idea.” She’s also spoken out about gun control, teaming up with her cousin New York Sen. Chuck Schumer for a “crusade on guns.”
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton, reformer and advocate of women’s rights, poses in an undated photo. Cady Stanton, who organize the world’s first women’s rights convention and formed the National Women’s Loyal League with Susan B. Anthony, helped bring about the passage of the 19th Amendment and was a staunch defender of civil rights.
  • Actress America Ferrera poses for a portrait during the 87th Academy Awards nominees luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 2, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Ferrera has publicly sought to promote inclusion dispel stereotypes against Latina Americans and launched her own production company. 

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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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