One hundred years ago, the struggle to win the right to vote for women was reaching its goal. In May 1919, the House of Representatives passed what was to become the 19th Amendment, which was ratified by three-fourths of the states on August 18, 1920.
Women’s History Month as a national celebration began in 1981 when Congress passed a public law authorizing and requesting 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” but in 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed another law which designated the entire month of March as “Women’s History Month.”
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. Click here to see the various events you can attend!
There are also so many other virtual events happening in PG County and you can find them all here!
Women have such a long, storied history in this county, both then and now. On March 25, 2021, Prince George’s County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks will host the 36th Annual Women’s History Month Luncheon (WHML) to celebrate the dynamic accomplishments of women who serve in and partner with the government to influence and impact our communities. The virtual event will begin at 12:00 PM (noon). The County’s WHML theme, Beyond The Ballot Honoring Our Past…Celebrating Our Future, highlights individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate dedication, commitment, and pride in Prince George’s County. This is based on the national theme, Valiant Women of the Vote, which celebrates women who have fought for women’s suffrage in the United States. In recognition of last year’s 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, we will honor women from the original suffrage movement, as well as those who have continued the struggle to ensure voting rights and equality for all after the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Click here to register!
Happy Women’s History Month!