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Women's History Month

Welcome to the Women's History Research Guide

This research guide was designed to celebrate Women's History Month (March) and to highlight both RCBC Library's resources and other freely available resources for our students.


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 have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields.


Illustration of Rosie the Riveter; a lightskinned woman in a blue jumpsuit and a red and white polka dotted bandanna.  She is holding one of her arms out in a fist to show off her muscle.

Art created for the RCBC Library by former RCBC student Anna Shotzberger