Women’s History Month at the Free Library

Posted by Free Library of Philadelphia on March 8, 2022

This March, celebrate Women’s History Month with the Free Library!

Women’s History Month originally began as a celebration of Women’s History Week. Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which designated the week of March 7, 1982, as Women’s History Week. For the next five years, Congress continued to pass resolutions declaring one week in March as a time dedicated to commemorating the contributions of women and girls in U.S. history and in current society.

It was only in 1987, with the persistent petitioning of the National Women’s History Project, that Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 and declared the entire month of March as Women’s History Month. Starting in 1995, presidents joined this practice and began issuing official proclamations of March as Women’s History Month.

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Be sure to visit the Free Library’s blog and social media this month for recommended Women’s History Month reading, past Author Events conversations, and much more!

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