Women's History Month






In the Month of March:

Milwaukee County Diversity Committee Focuses on:

Women’s History Month



 Women’s History Month

"Women’s History Month" is a celebration of women’s contributions to American culture and advancements.

(Its origins began 1857, when garment workers in New York City staged one of the first organized protests by working women.)



“Women’s History Week,” became 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." 

  • In 1987 Congress designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month." 

  • As we celebrate "Women’s History Month", it’s appropriate to celebrate the fact that women have made unprecedented gains in education, human rights, and access to economic opportunities. 

Did You Know?

Ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote

  • A right known as: "Woman’s Suffrage." 

At the time the US was founded: Female Citizens did not share the same rights as men; 

  • Including: The right to Vote.

Did You Know?

The Founder and first president of the American Red Cross was Clara Barton. 

  • She also is notable for pushing gender boundaries by helping out on the battlefields of the Civil War tending to wounded soldiers.

Did You Know?

Marie Curie was the first and only woman to win the Nobel Prize in 1903, and in 1911 won it again. 

  • Only 3 other people have won the Nobel Prize twice *

Did You Know?

Out of all the CEOs in the Fortune 500, only 23 of them are women  (That's only less than 5%)

(Shin, Laura, "Women And Minorities Penalized For Promoting Diversity" Study Says.",  Forbes Magazine, 29 July 2014. Web. 11 Feb. 2015.)

Did You Know?

Women are 50 percent more likely to work in the Public Sector than men.

Did You Know?

Women surpass men on Education Attainment. Among those Employed aged 25;

  • Compared to that of: 34.9 percent for Men with a Bachelor’s degree

  • Over: 37.1 percent of women hold at least a Bachelor’s degree:

('DOL', "Gender Inequality & Women in US Labor Force."Gender Inequality & Women in the US Labor Force. N.p., 23 Nov. 2011. Web. 11 Feb. 2015)



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