The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is pleased to recognize March as Women's History Month. "Thanks to the dedication and courage of countless individuals, women have made extraordinary progress this century," said Commission Chairperson Mary Frances Berry. "This month, we make a particular effort to recognize that progress and contemplate the road ahead."
The Commission has a long history of concern about gender equality issues. Most recently, it published a study of equal educational opportunity for girls in advanced math and science. In the past, it has published reports focused specifically on women's concerns regarding a host of issues, ranging from health care to poverty and Federal contracting.
"Today, women continue to make great gains in fields as disparate as art, law, business, science, and politics," said Dr. Berry. "But as we honor the past and celebrate the present, we must also keep one eye on the future. Without a renewed dedication and commitment, the gains we have witnessed may erode. The continuing prevalence of the glass ceiling and widespread wage discrimination reminds us that the job of fighting for full equality remains very much a work in progress."