The theme for Women's History Month 2014 is "Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment."

National Women's History Month's roots go back to March 8, 1857, when women from New York City factories staged a protest over working conditions. International Women's Day was first observed in 1909, but it wasn't until 1981 that Congress established National Women's History Week to be commemorated the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month. Every year since, Congress has passed a resolution for Women's History Month, and the President has issued a proclamation.

Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as Women's History Month.

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