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Women's History Month

About This Guide

This guide provides information and resources related to Women's History Month at CSI and beyond.

Origins of Women's History Month

National Women’s History Month traces its roots to March 8, 1857, when women from various New York City factories staged a protest over poor working conditions. The first Women's Day celebration in the United States was in 1909, also in New York City. More than seven decades later, Congress in 1981 established National Women's History Week to be commemorated annually the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month and every year since has passed a resolution (and the president has issued a proclamation) designating March Women’s History Month.

As we celebrate Women’s History Month 2022, we reflect upon advances women have made over the last decade. Women have increased their earnings, education and fields of occupation, and continue to have longer average life spans than men. Below are some Census Bureau stats highlighting these and other changes over the years. We appreciate the public’s cooperation in helping us measure America’s people, places and economy. 

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Press Release Number CB22-FF.03, March 1, 2022

Women's History Month Resource Toolkit

The National Women's History Museum has compiled a month-long list of videos, exhibitions, activities, and other resources which bring to light the contributions women have made, and continue to make, to the world as we know it. Access live links and a pdf calendar by clicking here.

Unladylike 2020: Unsung Women Who Changed America

Unladylike 2020 is a collection of twenty-six short films and a one-hour documentary created by PBS American Masters highlighting the lives of little-known women in American History. To access the collection, click this link.