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Women's History Month

The origin of Women's History Month began in 1981 when Congress passed Pub L. 97-28 that authorized the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as "Women's History Week." For the next five years, Congress continued this tradition of designating a week in March as "Women's History Week." In 1987, Congress finally passed a resolution to proclaim March of each year as Women's History Month.
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Bertha Lamme was as an engineer with the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company in the late 19th and early 20th century. In 1896, the New York Herald called her the “only woman electrical engineer in the country." She came to Pittsburgh after her 1893 graduation from Ohio State University.


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Minnie Spotted Wolf was the first #NativeAmerican woman to enlist in the United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve. Spotted Wolf served for four years in the Marines as a heavy equipment operator as well as a driver for visiting general officers on bases in both Hawaii and California.


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With nearly 1000 [African-American] women employed as burners, welders, scalers, and in other capacities at the Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond, California, women war workers played an important part in the construction of the Liberty Ship, SS George Washington Carver, launched on May 7th, 1943. Welder -trainee Josie Lucille Owens plies her trade on the ship., 1941 - 1945, National Archives Identifier 535803


Rediscovering Black History

"... Welders Alivia Scott, Hattie Carpenter, and Flossie Burtos await an opportunity to weld their first piece of steel on the ship [SS George Washington Carver].", ca. 1943, National Archives Identifier 535800


Rediscovering Black History

Miss Clara Barton, ca. 1860 - ca. 1865 by Mathew Brady (National Archives Identifier 526057)


Prologue: Pieces of History

"Inspecting a Grumman Wildcat engine on display at the U.S. Naval Training School (WR) Bronx, NY, where she is a `boot' is WAVE Apprentice Seaman Frances Bates." (NAID 520638)


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The National Women’s Party honored Betty Ford as the first recipient of the Alice Paul Award in 1975. The award’s namesake, Alice Paul, helped found the National Women’s Party. She also wrote the first version of the Equal Rights Amendment that was proposed in Congress in 1923. Mrs. Ford met with representatives from the National Women’s Party to officially accept the award at the White House on January 11, 1977. (Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum)


Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum • The National Women’s Party honored Betty Ford as...

Margaret Chase Smith succeeded her husband in the House of Representatives in 1940, the first woman to represent Maine in Congress. Later, she became both Maine’s first female Senator and the first woman to serve in both Houses of Congress in 1948. She rose to national prominence when she became the first in the Senate to denounce Senator Joseph McCarthy’s anticommunist campaign. (text via Margaret Chase Smith Library)


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Elizabeth Chambers's WASP portrait from her official personnel folders (OPF).


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