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Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981. The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging thestudy, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.


Constance Baker Motley
One of twelve children and the daughter of immigrants, Constance Baker Motley rose to become the first Black woman to ever argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The LDF is the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. LDF’s founding team included many women whose accomplishments are central to our work today. After working with LDF founder Thurgood Marshall, Motley became LDF’s first female attorney
and wrote the original complaint in the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education.  Motley faced the danger of her work head-on. From driving through Ku Klux Klan territory to defend the right of Black students to attend the University of Georgia to spending hours in county jails across the Deep South helping to secure the release of detained civil rights activists like Martin Luther King, Jr.

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