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Women’s History Month

Annual observance held in March

Famous USPS women
A group of women postal employees exercise on the roof of the Old Post Office Building in Washington, DC, in 1923. The woman leading the group is believed to be Loulie Meline, the first nurse employed by the Post Office Department. Image: Library of Congress

Women’s History Month, an annual observance of the vital role of women in American history, began March 1.

Throughout the month, the Library of Congress, the National Archives and other organizations will encourage the study and celebration of historic achievements by women.

USPS employees also can learn about women postal pioneers such as Mary Goddard, the first woman Postmaster; Mary Fields, the first known African-American woman mail carrier; Katherine Stinson, the first woman pilot to carry mail; and Megan J. Brennan, the first woman to serve as Postmaster General.

Women’s History Month, as a national celebration, traces its roots to the early 1980s.

The Women’s History Month site, the National Postal Museum’s site and the Postal History page have additional information.

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