Women parade through the streets of New York City, ca. 1910.
George Grantham Bain Collection. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division
In 1981,Congress requested and authorized the President to proclaim the week beginning on March 7, 1982 as Women's History Week. That week of celebration was extended to a full month in 1987, after a petition by the National Women's History Project.
The theme for 2021 is "Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silenced." The celebration of the 2020 commemoration of the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote continues into 2021.
International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.