The month of March is Women’s History Month, dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the central role of women in American history. Women’s History Month began as Women’s History Week in 1981 and was observed as such until 1986. Beginning in 1987, resulting from petitions from the National Women’s History Project, Congress extended the week to a month. Every year, Congress passes a resolution for Women’s History Month, and the president issues a proclamation.
The theme for 2020, chosen by The National Women’s History Alliance, is “Valiant Women of the Vote,” which honors “the brave women who fought to win suffrage rights for women, and for the women who continue to fight for the voting rights of others.”
U.S. Census Bureau Women Stats
- There were 166.0 million females in the United States as of July 2018, compared to 161.1 million males.
- The approximate ratio by which women age 85 and older outnumbered men in 2018 was 2 to 1.
- 78.4 million females ages 16 and older participated in the civilian labor force in 2018.
- Women voted at higher rates than men in the 2018 Midterm Elections, 55 percent compared to 51 percent
- Compared to 2014, voter turnout increased by double digits among both men (11 percentage points) and women (12 points).
Take the time to honor the women who have helped build this country, their stories, achievements and character. Attend a Women’s History Month event or program, ranging from concerts and art exhibitions to free lesson plans and panel discussions, being held by various cities and organizations across the country.
Please visit www.NAWRB.com for our calendar. For more on Women’s History Month and to see a list of events, please visit http://womenshistorymonth.gov/.