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Women's History Month

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March is Women’s History Month and we recognize the contributions of women in American history. Through years of activism and an unwavering commitment to women, the National Women’s History Project successfully lobbied Congress to recognize Women’s History Month. The result was Public Law 100-9 on March 12, 1987. This law requested the President to issue a proclamation, which encouraged U.S. citizens to observe Women’s History Month with appropriate observance activities. President Ronald Reagan then issued Presidential Proclamation 5619 proclaiming March 1987 as "Women’s History Month" to honor the achievements of American women.

Women were vital in their roles of support and service as nurses, seamstresses, cooks, and informants, alongside their male counterparts. In 1948, Congress passed the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, which granted women the right to serve as permanent, regular members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and the recently formed Air Force. In recognition of the 75th Anniversary of World War II, the Department of Defense (DoD) acknowledges the contributions and sacrifices made by Service members, as well as those who served the home front.

This Women’s History Month, DoDEA recognizes the rich legacy of women, who welcomed change and challenge, were fearless when establishing new norms and traditions, and without hesitation demonstrated their dedication to our country.

Join DoDEA in celebrating the contributions of women throughout our nation’s history.