Women's History Month

Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion


Four Coast Guard women stand in front of a large American Flag

Women’s History Month is observed annually in March to recognize the contributions of women throughout U.S. history. President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation in 1980, declaring the week of 2-8 March as National Women’s History Week.

In 1987, Congress passed a resolution extending the week to a month, marking March as Women’s History Month. The month also coincides with International Women’s Day, observed on 8 March.

Women’s History Month serves as a platform to honor women’s achievements in all sectors and fields, raises awareness about women’s issues, and promotes gender equality.