BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: A PROCLAMATION…March is WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH!

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH, 2010

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Countless women have steered the course of our history,

and their stories are ones of steadfast determination. From

reaching for the ballot box to breaking barriers on athletic

fields and battlefields, American women have stood resolute

in the face of adversity and overcome obstacles to realize

their full measure of success. Women’s History Month is an

opportunity for us to recognize the contributions women have

made to our Nation, and to honor those who blazed trails for

women’s empowerment and equality.

Women from all walks of life have improved their

communities and our Nation. Sylvia Mendez and her family

stood up for her right to an education and catalyzed the

desegregation of our schools. Starting as a caseworker in

city government, Dr. Dorothy Height has dedicated her life to

building a more just society. One of our young heroes, Caroline

Moore, contributed to advances in astronomy by discovering a

supernova at age 14.

When women like these reach their potential, our country as

a whole prospers. That is the duty of our Government — not to

guarantee success, but to ensure all Americans can achieve it.

My Administration is working to fulfill this promise with

initiatives like the White House Council on Women and Girls,

which promotes the importance of taking women and girls into

account in Federal policies and programs. This council is

committed to ensuring our Government does all it can to give

our daughters the chance to achieve their dreams.

As we move forward, we must correct persisting

inequalities. Women comprise over 50 percent of our population

but hold fewer than 17 percent of our congressional seats.

More than half our college students are female, yet when they

graduate, their male classmates still receive higher pay on

average for the same work. Women also hold disproportionately

fewer science and engineering jobs. That is why my

Administration launched our Educate to Innovate campaign, which

will inspire young people from all backgrounds to drive America

to the forefront of science, technology, engineering, and math.

By increasing women’s participation in these fields, we will

foster a new generation of innovators to follow in the footsteps

of the three American women selected as 2009 Nobel Laureates.

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Our Nation’s commitment to women’s rights must not end

at our own borders, and my Administration is making global

women’s empowerment a core pillar of our foreign policy.

My Administration created the first Office for Global Women’s

Issues and appointed an Ambassador at Large to head it. We

are working with the United Nations and other international

institutions to support women’s equality and to curtail violence

against women and girls, especially in situations of war and

conflict. We are partnering internationally to improve women’s

welfare through targeted investments in agriculture, nutrition,

and health, as well as programs that empower women to contribute

to economic and social progress in their communities. And we

are following through on the commitments I made in Cairo to

promote access to education, improve literacy, and expand

employment opportunities for women and girls.

This month, let us carry forth the legacy of our mothers

and grandmothers. As we honor the women who have shaped our

Nation, we must remember that we are tasked with writing the

next chapter of women’s history. Only if we teach our daughters

that no obstacle is too great for them, that no ceiling can

block their ascent, will we inspire them to reach for their

highest aspirations and achieve true equality.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the

United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in

me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do

hereby proclaim March 2010 as Women’s History Month. I call

upon all our citizens to observe this month with appropriate

programs, ceremonies, and activities that honor the history,

accomplishments, and contributions of American women.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this

second day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten,

and of the Independence of the United States of America the

two hundred and thirty-fourth.

BARACK OBAMA

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