Women’s History Month honors the achievements of women in society, taking one month a year to remember their contributions.
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."
Over 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 Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”From the Law Library of Congress's guide to the legislative history of Women's History Month. Available here)
Check out the following books available at Gallagher Law Library to learn more about the contributions of women in the law:
- Baer, Judith A., Women in American Law: the
Struggle Toward Equality from the New Deal to the Present. KF478 .W67 2002 (Classified Stacks)
Blakely, Susan Smith, Best Friends at the Bar: the
New Balance for Today’s Woman Lawyer. KF299.W6
B59 2012 (Reference
- Epstein, Phyllis Horn, Women-at-Law: Lessons Learned
Along the Pathways to Success. KF299.W6
- Fletman, Abbe F., The Woman Advocate.
KF299.W6 W652 2010
- Gutgold, iIchola D., The
Rhetoric of Supreme Court Women : From Obstacles to Options. KF8775 .G88 2012
- Salkin, Patricia E., Pioneering Women Lawyers: From
Kate Stoneman to the Present. KF299.W6
P56 2008 (Classified
- Smith, Patricia, Women and the
United States Constitution : history, interpretation, and practice. KF478.A5
W654 2003 (Classified
- Schneider, Elizabeth
M., Women and the Law Stories. KF478.A5 W645 2011 (Reference Area)
- Rackley, Erika, Women, Judging and the Judiciary : from difference to diversity. KD472.W65 R33 2013 (Classified Stacks)