Every March, the National Archives proudly observes Womenâs History Month. We recognize the vast contributions women have made to our nationâs history as we explore their stories through letters, photographs, films, & other primary sources. Because the National Archives holds the records of the federal government, each day we find stories documenting the countless ways women interacted with the government & engaged with national issues of the time.
ThereÂ are also stories of womenâs history from within the National Archives building itself. In October 1975, a new exhibit opened at the National Archives to coincide with International Womenâs Year & the Bicentennial of the Declaration of Independence. The exhibit, âHer Infinite Variety: A 200-Year Record of American Women,â ran from July 1975 to February 1976.Â The exhibit examined womenâs roles at home, work, in wartime, as reformers, & in public life.
Then in 1976, the National Archives hosted a ground-breaking conference devoted to womenâs history, examining records pertaining to womenâs history & papers that used these rich resources to demonstrate womenâs contributions throughout American history. Read the full story from the National Archives History office on our Pieces of History blog.
I will am proud that women currently represent 51 percent of the National Archivesâ workforce and commend their tireless efforts and recognize the significant role that they play in accomplishing our mission. Additionally, I’m support NARAâs Employee Affinity Group (EAG) Womenâs Affinity Group (WAG), whose mission is to provide information, resources, networking opportunities, promote career growth, & facilitate mentorships for women at NARA. You can follow WAG on TwitterÂ @RecordsofWomenÂ and onÂ Tumblr.
NARAâs holdings regarding women are extensive & include documents on a wide range of subjects. You can browse our Catalog for more information about records & information documenting womenâs history. Are you interested in transcribing documents to help make these records more discoverable? Celebrate the contributions of American women by transcribing records from our Women’s History Month mission. Learn more & get started on our Citizen Archivist Dashboard.
View more Womenâs History resources on archives.gov.