Women’s History Month 2016


Each year around the world, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Thousands of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day.

[Source: Department of State]


Presidential Proclamation — Women’s History Month, 2016 [Source: The White House]

Throughout history, women have driven humanity forward on the path to a more equal and just society, contributing in innumerable ways to our character and progress as a people.

FACT SHEET: Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color [Source: The White House]

Today, the White House Council on Women and Girls in collaboration with the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University will host a daylong forum on Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color, which will focus on empowering and increasing opportunity for women and girls of color and their peers.

FACT SHEET: Promoting Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment [Source: The White House]

Promoting gender equality and empowering women and girls is a priority for the United States Government. Under the leadership of President Obama, the United States is working to combat discrimination, eliminate violence against women and girls at home and abroad, expand access to women’s health care, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, support women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs, and encourage women’s economic and political leadership.

2016 Secretary’s International Women of Courage Award [Source: U.S. Department of State]

On Tuesday, March 29 at 10:30 AM Eastern, Secretary Kerry will honor 14 women from around the world with the International Women of Courage Award. This award honors women who have demonstrated exceptional courage, strength, and leadership in acting to improve others’ lives.


Power Plays — Celebrating Women’s Achievements [Source: IIP Digital, U.S. Department of State]

Enterprising Women, Thriving Societies Enterprising Women, Thriving Societies An award-winning photojournalist, athletes working for women’s health and political up-and-comers who show just how much women can achieve in fields from which they were once excluded.

Business Planning for Success [Source: IIP Digital, U.S. Department of State]

Whether you are just starting out or ready to expand your enterprise, a business plan is your blueprint for success. Projecting three to five years into the future, a business plan articulates your business goals and clarifies your path to achieving those goals.

Enterprising Women, Thriving Societies [Source: IIP Digital, U.S. Department of State]

Policymakers and business experts have pitched entrepreneurship to women as a way to realize their aspirations and make a good living. Several multinational corporations have programs to promote women entrepreneurs, including Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Women, Ernst & Young’s Winning Women, Coca-Cola’s 5 BY 20 and Walmart’s Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative.

Women as Agents of Peace [Source: IIP Digital, U.S. Department of State]

In 2011, the United States established a national action plan to implement a U.N. resolution that calls for the equal participation of women in resolving conflicts and building peace.