Celebrating Women's History Month

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.




Rosa Parks

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.

Shirley Chisholm

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.

Jane Roe

In 1973, Roe v. Wade decision, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that the Constitution protects a woman’s legal right to an abortion.

Sandra Day O’Connor

In 1981, O'Connor was sworn in by President Ronald Reagan as the first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

In 1993, Ginsburg was named to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton.

Hillary Clinton

In 2016, Clinton became the first woman to receive a presidential nomination from a major political party.

Kamala Harris

In 2021, Harris was sworn in as the first woman and first woman of color vice president of the United States.