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Women's History Month @ Taft: Home


An Annual Celebration of Women and Their Contributions to American History


The theme for 2023 is Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories"

Honoring the women who have advanced the study and scholarship in American Women's History.
Read more here at the National Women's History Alliance.



The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.

President Joseph R. Biden

A Proclamation on Women’s History Month, 2023

February 28, 2023


How Women's History Month came to be

"In March 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring Women’s History Week to align with International Women’s Day (March 8th) which has been recognized across the world since March 1911. The following year, on August 4, 1981, the U.S. Congress established Women’s History Week as a federally recognized commemoration of the accomplishments, perspectives, and experiences of women in the United States with a Joint Resolution, Public Law 97-28.  This week became a month-long celebration in 1987 when Congress passed Public Law 100-9 and then passed subsequent resolutions requesting that the U.S. President make an annual declaration. Since 1995, each U.S. President has declared March to be Women’s History Month." Source: Women's History in the United States.





NOTE: Books on display change with each Identity Group Month.

National American Women Suffrage Association, 1913
George Grantham Bain, photographer, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.



From the Pew Research Center

100 Years After Women Gained Right to Vote,

a Look at Views on Gender Equality

(November 16, 2020)


From the Institute for Women's Policy Research

The Status of Women in the States


The Status of Women in the States provides data on women’s progress in 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States overall. The data can be used to raise awareness, improve policies, and promote women’s equality.


The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialog, and strengthen families, communities, and societies....It is the leading think tank in the United States focusing on the quantitative and qualitative analysis of public policy through a gendered lens. 

From the Library database, Classroom Video on Demand

What's Your Point, Honey? Young Women Prepare for Leadership

Films Media Group, 2008
She’s out there somewhere. She may be a complete unknown, or she may already be in the public spotlight, but sooner or later the first female president of the United States will emerge. While openly acknowledging today’s inequalities, this film puts a new face on America’s future by introducing several promising young leaders, all of them women. Viewers learn about an innovative program created by CosmoGirl magazine and the White House Project, designed to encourage young women to pursue management roles and to think of themselves as potential office holders. Interwoven with the stories of these hopeful, ambitious interns are conversations with feminist thinkers and activists from previous generations—including the iconic Gloria Steinem, who reflects on her personal journey as well as the challenges and opportunities girls face today. (87 minutes)


Smithsonian American Women's History Museum

Decades in the making, the Smithsonian Institution is building an American Women's History Museum in our nation's capital. Women have contributed to America’s most defining moments—times that shaped constitutional rights, yielded scientific breakthroughs, created the symbols of our nation. Yet a diversity of women’s stories has not been widely told. To create a more equitable America, the Smithsonian is researching, disseminating, and amplifying the histories of American women through its American Women’s History Initiative in preparation for the future Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum. The Smithsonian wants the role of women in American history to be well-known, accurate, acknowledged, and empowering.  

With a digital-first mission and focus, the Smithsonian amplifies a diversity of women’s voices in a new museum and throughout the Smithsonian’s museums, research centers, cultural heritage affiliates, and anywhere people are online. Through these efforts we reach millions of people in Washington, D.C., across the nation, and around the world.