Amata an original co-sponsor of Women’s History Month resolution
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata highlighted March as Women’s History Month, and noted she is an original co-sponsor of the resolution in Congress honoring and supporting the ideals of National Women’s History Month.
This Resolution, H. Res. 171, is led by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), along with original support from Rep. Amata, Rep. Ed Case (D-HI), Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), and others, and has been joined by well over 100 members of both parties.
“The ongoing Women’s History Month educational efforts have helped ensure the next generation understands more of the many contributions to our nation by women down through the years,” said Aumua Amata. “This is important to our students everywhere, including in American Samoa, where we also send high numbers of young women and young men off to become leaders in our nation’s armed forces. Women throughout history have done amazing work for great causes.”
In 1980, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed a week to celebrate women’s history, with a speech noting historic achievements from abolitionists and suffragists, including Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman and many more.
In 1981, Congress officially recognized National Women’s History Week with a resolution sponsored by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).
National Women’s History Month has been celebrated officially since a congressional resolution in 1987, and a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan in 1988.