The Dwelling Place Celebrates
Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month. The Dwelling Place joins in honoring the courageous and bold women of the past and present who are working to pave the way for a better future for all people. The history of The Dwelling Place is also the history of women empowering women. During this month we will share stories of the women of The Dwelling Place. We first begin with a brief history of this national observance.

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Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.”  Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.”

In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.”  Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month.  Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”

From the Law Library of Congress’ guide to the legislative history of Women’s History Month.

Read President Obama’s 2016 Presidential Proclamation.