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.
Click on booklets below for bios and more stamps issued for women.
NPM's Women On Stamps Online Exhibit Series Completed - National Postal Museum