[Title 3 CFR 6872]
[Code of Federal Regulations (annual edition) - January 1, 1997 Edition]
[Title 3 - Presidential Documents]
[Proclamation 6872 - Proclamation 6872 of March 19, 1996]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]


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Proclamation 6872 of March 19, 1996
Women's History Month, 1996
A Proclamation
It is impossible to fully appreciate America's proud history without 
recognizing the extraordinary contributions that women have made to our 
country since its founding. Women's History Month provides an 
opportunity to celebrate the countless women who have enriched our 
Nation and to ensure that their achievements--in homes and businesses, 
schools and hospitals, courtrooms and statehouses--will always be 
remembered.
We have come a long way since Abigail Adams asked her husband John to 
``remember the ladies'' when drafting the Constitution, and we recognize 
that women not only have broadened and reshaped the path laid by our 
Founding Fathers, but also have made new avenues toward progress and 
justice. Female workers filled the textile mills that drove the 
Industrial Revolution. Women like Susan B. Anthony, Ida B. Wells-
Barnett, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton fought tirelessly for suffrage and 
women's rights. Jane Addams founded America's first settlement house for 
poor immigrants and established social work as a new and respected 
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grant laborers across the country gained the leadership of Dolores 
Huerta when she joined the newly created United Farm Workers Union.
Indeed, there is no aspect of our history left untouched by women--from 
the first published American poet, Anne Bradstreet; to Sacajawea, Lewis 
and Clark's interpreter and guide; to Harriet Tubman, heroine of the 
Underground Railroad; to Margaret Mead, who revolutionized the study of 
anthropology. Writers and artists such as Laura Ingalls Wilder, Mary 
Cassatt, Beverly Sills, Amy Tan, and Martha Graham have captured our 
imaginations. Champions like Wilma Rudolph and Bonnie Blair have taken 
America to great heights in the international sports world.
Today, women make up close to half of our Nation's labor force, and 
women-owned businesses are changing the face of the American and global 
economies. But barriers to equality remain. Despite the efforts of women 
like Esther Peterson, a leader in the effort to end gender-based salary 
differences, many women are still paid considerably less than their male 
counterparts. Often these women also struggle with the dual 
responsibilities of raising a family and meeting the demands of a full-
time job.
Last September, thousands of women from around the globe met to discuss 
these issues at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in 
Beijing, China, and to develop a Platform for Action. The resulting 
document represents a powerful consensus on the need to advance women's 
status by improving access to education, health care, jobs, and credit. 
It describes the fundamental desire of all women to enjoy basic legal 
and human rights and to take part in political life. Only through our 
commitment to these principles can we forever end discrimination and 
injustice based on gender, promote women's full participation in all 
aspects of American life, and join people everywhere who seek true 
equality.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, WILLIAM J. CLINTON, President of the United States of 
America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and 
laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 1996, as Women's 
History Month. I call upon Government officials, educators, and all 
Americans to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, 
and activities; to remember year-round the many important contributions 
that women make to our country each day; and to learn and share 
information about women's history in homes, classrooms, and community 
centers across the Nation.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this nineteenth day of 
March, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety-six, and of 
the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and 
twentieth.
                                                    WILLIAM J. CLINTON  
                                                              Proc. 6873

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