Women’s Rights Movement in America sparked at convention in Seneca Falls, New York in July 1848. Delegates issue a Declaration of Sentiments calling for equality with men, including the right to vote. In 1920, with the ratification of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, American women finally gained the right to vote. In 1981, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution establishing National Women’s History Week. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month, and has since passed such a resolution every year. Congressional action is followed by a U.S. presidential proclamation declaring March as Women’s History Month.
Resources for Women’s History Month
- President Donald J. Trump Proclaims March 2017 as Women’s History Month (White House)
- Women at the Top: How Women at the Top Elevate the Bottom Line (U.S. Department of State)
- U.S. Department of State: Office of Global Women’s Issues
- U.S. Department of State Official Blog: Global Women’s Issues
- The Library of Congress – Women’s History Month