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Growing out of a small-town school event in California, Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture, and society. “In 1987, the National Women's History Project petitioned Congress to expand the national celebration to the entire month of March.  Since then, the National Women's History Month Resolution has been approved with bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.   Each year, programs and activities in schools, workplaces, and communities have become more extensive as information and program ideas have been developed and shared.”

Women on U.S. Stamps

The history of women on U.S. stamps begins in 1893, when Queen Isabella became the first woman on a U.S. stamp. Queen Isabella helped support Christopher Columbus's 1492 voyage, and 1893 marked the end of a year-long celebration of the 400th anniversary of that voyage. The first U.S. stamp honoring an American woman honored Martha Washington and was issued in 1902. In 1907, Pocahontas became the first Native American woman (and indeed the first Native American) to be honored on a U.S. stamp. In 1978, Harriet Tubman became the first African-American woman to be honored on a U.S. stamp. In 2001, Frida Kahlo became the first Hispanic woman to be honored on a U.S. stamp, although she was Mexican not American.

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Title IX Stamps

Passed as a clause in the Education Amendments of 1972, Title IX is a civil rights law prohibiting discrimination based on sex in any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. In the 50 years since its passage, Title IX has been applied widely at elementary, secondary, and post-secondary institutions. The law covers a broad range of programs and resources. Most visibly, Title IX has created pathways forenriching women’s athletics programs, allowing for more competitive sports offerings, stronger physical education regimens and equal spaces to play. Additionally, Title IX prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking on school campuses or during school programs or activities. Fifty years later, Title IX is still evolving. The law has affected generations of young people in the United States, and the work to provide protections for even more in the future continues.

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Women in the Postal

Service and Philately

Click on booklets below for bios and more stamps issued for women.

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