Congress declared March 1987 as the first official Women’s History Month. This month-long celebration is a chance to acknowledge women’s contributions to history, culture and society.
HISTORY- MAKING WOMEN
Parks helped initiate the civil rights movement in the United States when she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus in 1955.
In 1972, Chisholm became the first African American from a major political party to run for president and the first Democratic woman of any race to do so.
In 1973, Roe v. Wade decision, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that the Constitution protects a woman’s legal right to an abortion.
In 1981, O'Connor was sworn in by President Ronald Reagan as the first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 1993, Ginsburg was named to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton.
In 2016, Clinton became the first woman to receive a presidential nomination from a major political party.
In 2021, Harris was sworn in as the first woman and first woman of color vice president of the United States.