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. A shining tribute to teacher Christa McAuliffe, a pioneering educator who followed her own passions for science and teaching making her the first participant in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Teacher in Space Program, also joins our assortment of collectibles celebrating women.
These strong and driven women are some of our most recognized females on coins and sparked change in our country and around the world. International Women’s Day is March 8. Find ways to connect with that special person in your life with our remarkable collection.