This Women's History Month, we'll be bringing you snapshots of women who changed history, trailblazing women from all fields, and women who are organizing for change today. Visit the Women for Obama page all month for stories about women who have played a role in shaping our country.
In President Obama's first proclamation on Women's History Month in March 2009, he said:
"With passion and courage, women have taught us that when we band together to advocate for our highest ideals, we can advance our common well-being and strengthen the fabric of our nation."
Since he's taken office, he has shown us that he is committed to advocating for women -- by appointing two women to the Supreme Court, passing health care reform that has saved lives, fighting for equal pay for equal work, securing the rights of women abroad, and striving to bring more women into the fields of science and technology.
In this year's Proclamation, President Obama said:
“Today, women serve as leaders throughout industry, civil society, and government, and their outstanding achievements affirm to our daughters and sons that no dream is beyond their reach.
While we have made great strides toward equality, we cannot rest until our mothers, sisters, and daughters assume their rightful place as full participants in a secure, prosperous, and just society.
In the months ahead, my administration will continue to collaborate with domestic and international partners on new initiatives to bring economic and political opportunity to women at home and abroad.
During Women's History Month, we recall that the pioneering legacy of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers is revealed not only in our museums and history books, but also in the fierce determination and limitless potential of our daughters and granddaughters.
As we make headway on the crucial issues of our time, let the courageous vision championed by women of past generations inspire us to defend the dreams and opportunities of those to come.”
This whole month, we’ll be celebrating the rich legacy of women in this country, while looking forward to all of the promise and progress that awaits us. Visit us on Facebook and let us know what you’d like to see here this month.