March is Women’s History Month

Updated March 1, 2022

The first Women’s History Day was held in New York City in 1909. The day became Women’s History Week in 1978. In 1987, it became Women’s History Month. Since 1995, every president has issued a proclamation declaring March Women’s History Month.

Every Women’s History Month has a theme. The National Women’s History Alliance designates a yearly theme for Women’s History Month. The 2022 theme is “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.” This theme is “both a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history.”

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. Visit for March 2022 events.

The month of March celebrates the contributions women have made throughout history in science, politics, law, sports, the arts, entertainment, and many other fields.  While figures such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart, Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Thatcher, Rosie the Riveter, and Betty Friedan are often associated with Women’s History Month, there are countless extraordinary women who have earned their place at the table.  Consider inventor/actress Hedy Lamarr, scientist Dian Fossey and mathematician Katherine Johnson, astronauts Sally Ride and Mae C. Jemison, authors Maya Angelou and Amy Tan, and contemporary directors Kathryn Bigelow and Ava Duvernay.  Explore biographies, videos and articles that celebrate all of these women’s historic achievements. —

National Women’s History Museum
President’s Proclamation on Women’s History Month 2022 – The White House
Women’s History –
21 Women’s History Month Facts – Woman’s Day
Women’s History Month: How It Started and How to Celebrate – ET Online
Women’s History Month 2022 – History
The Ms. Guide to Celebrating Virtual Women’s History Month 2022 – Ms. Magazine