PUBLIC LAW 100-9-MAR. 12, 1987
Public Law 100-9
To designate the month of March, 1987, as “Women’s History Month”.
Whereas American women of every race, class, and ethnic background have made historical contributions to the growth and strength of the Nation in countless recorded and unrecorded ways;
Whereas American women have played and continue to play a critical economic, cultural, and social role in every sphere of our Nation’s life by constituting a significant portion of the labor force working in and outside of the home;
Whereas American women have played a unique role throughout our history by providing the majority of the Nation’s volunteer labor force and have been particularly important in the establishment of early charitable philanthropic and cultural institutions in this country;
Whereas American women of every race, class, and ethnic background served as early leaders in the forefront of every major progressive social change movement, not only to secure their own right of suffrage and equal opportunity, but also in the abolitionist movement, the emancipation movement, the industrial labor movement, the civil rights movement, and other movements to create a more fair and just society for all; and
Whereas, despite these contributions, the role of American women in history has been consistently overlooked and undervalued in the body of American history: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled. That the month of March, 1987, is designated as ‘Women’s History Month”, and the President is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe such month with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
Approved March 12,1987.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY—S.J. Res. 20:
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 133 (1987):
Feb. 26, considered and passed Senate.
Mar. 3, considered and passed House.
So, I was thinking … “you know, drawing illustrations of great American women for Women’s History Month seems to me like an appropriate ceremony & activity.”
Stay tuned for more during the month of March.