Happy Women’s History Month! March is one of my favorite months, because there is so much wholesome discussion of strong women going on everywhere. I’m a firm believer that women can succeed and do succeed every month of the year, but I do appreciate a concerted effort to highlight women, past and present, doing great things, breaking barriers, setting records, and just kicking butt. 

FFL has some great Women’s History Month content going up this month and year round, because we love celebrating women, especially conservative women. To celebrate the month no matter where you are or what field you work in, consider learning, and sharing, these 31 facts (one for each day of the month) this March and beyond!

1. Women’s History Week was established by Congress in 1981. In 1987, it was extended to be the entire month of March. 

2. As of July 2017, women outnumbered men in the US. The Census Bureau estimates there are 165.3 million women in the US and 160.4 million men. 

3. The B in Susan B Anthony stands for Brownwell.

4. When it was first introduced, the Equal Rights Amendment was known as the Lucretia Mott Amendment.

5. Well-known CNN anchor Jake Tapper named his daughter after suffragette Alice Paul.

6. Jeannette Rankin, who was the first woman elected to Congress, was elected two years after her state, Montana, gave women the vote, and four years before the 19th Amendment was ratified. 

7. At the time, an amendment needed 36 states to ratify it to be added to the Constitution. Tennessee was the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment.

8. In 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to graduate from a medical school and become a doctor in the United States. 

9. Wyoming was the first state to give women the right to vote. 

10. The Equal Pay Act, which prohibits discrimination based on sex, was signed into law by President John F Kennedy. 

11. Sandra Day O’Connor became the first woman on the Supreme Court when she was sworn in in January of 1981 under President Ronald Reagan. 

12. The National Women’s Hall of Fame was opened in 1969 in Seneca Falls, NY — the location of the 1848 convention on women’s rights. 

13. Some of the 2019 inductees to the National Women’s Hall of Fame include Gloria Allred, Sonia Sotomayor, and Diane von Furstenberg. 

14. Geraldine Ferraro of New York was the first woman to be a vice presidential nominee of a major party. Since then, only one other woman has been a vice presidential nominee of a major party: Sarah Palin. 

15. Mary Church Terrell was the first African-American woman to earn a college degree. She graduated in 1884 from Oberlin College. 

16. First Lady Michelle Obama’s memoir was the best selling book of 2018, despite being released in November of that year. 

17. The world’s first (recorded) novel, The Tale of Genji, was written by a woman. 

18. Marie Curie was the first person to win twoNobel Prizes, and to this day is the only woman to accomplish this feat. Three men followed in her footsteps. Curie was also the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in any field. 53 women have won the Nobel Prize so far. 

19. In modernity, New Zealand was the first country to nationally give women the right to vote. That happened in 1893. 

20. The famous “Rosie the Riveter” poster is likely based upon the factory worker Naomi Parker-Fraley. She passed away in 2018. 

21. During her husband’s presidency, Eleanor Roosevelt held “women only” press conferences — over 300 of them!

22. Kathryn Bigelow is the only woman to ever win an Oscar for Best Director. She won in 2010 for the film The Hurt Locker

23. As of data from 2017, women make up 50.3% of all law school graduates.  

24. Kathrine Switzer was the first (officially registered) woman to run the Boston Marathon — doing so in 1967. 

25. The assumed first female recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal were two women who were given their medals almost forty years after they helped wounded soldiers in Puerto Rico. They are known as Mrs. Richard Aldrich and Anna Bouligny. They are believed to be the first females awarded the medal. Other notable recipients include Katherine Johnson, Marian Anderson, Mary Lasker, Mother Theresa, and Rosa Parks. 

26. The Presidential Medal of Freedom was established by John F Kennedy in 1963. That year, President Johnson (following Kennedy’s assassination but using his list) awarded the medal to 3 women: Marian Anderson, Genevieve Caulfield,  and Annie D Wauneka. 

27. Clare Boothe Luce was the first female ambassador to a major nation: Italy. She was also later appointed as the ambassador to Brazil. 

28. According to the Census Bureau, 1 in 12 veterans today are women. 

29. Oprah Winfrey was North America’s first black multi-billionaire of any gender. 

30. Kevlar was invented by a woman–Stephanie Kwolek

31. The two longest serving British monarchs have both been women. Queen Elizabeth II has been monarch for over 68 years. Queen Victoria was on the throne for 63 years and 216 days. The ninth longest serving British monarch is Queen Elizabeth I, with 44 years and 127 days on the throne. 

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member