It began as a week-long celebration in 1981 when the United States Congress passed Public Law 97-28 requesting President Ronald Reagan to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982, as “Women’s History Week”. Congress passed Public Law 100-9, which designated March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Each year since, succeeding Presidents have issued proclamations officially declaring March as Women’s History Month.
The United States Mint marks this tradition with an assortment of coins and medals celebrating courageous women and their inspirational contributions. Alaskan Elizabeth Peratrovich was an anti-discrimination activist, depicted on the reverse of the 2020 Native American $1 Coin. The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) medal honors the first women in history to fly American military aircraft. These women, along with Lady Liberty—our Nation’s most recognized female on coins—sparked change in our country and around the world.