Arlington County, VA

02/27/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/27/2020 08:11

1920-2020: Women’s History, Arlington History and the Census

On March 16, 2020, we're celebrating the 100thanniversary of the naming of Arlington Countyat 7 p.m. in the County Board roomwith a proclamation, panel discussion and birthday cake!Everyone is invited to join the celebration of Arlington's naming centennialand Women's History Month.

This year, Women's History Monthfalls during the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. It kicks off with an exhibit at Central Library celebrating Women's Work: Then & Now.

Women's Work and the Census

According to 1920 census data, the U.S. Government was the top industry that employed Arlington women. In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau was ahead of the curve in hiring women, as it has been employing women since 1880, when it started using professional enumerators rather than U.S. marshals to conduct the census. By 1909, 10 years before the 19th amendment granted national women's suffrage, over 50 percent of the Census Bureau's 624 permanent employees were women. And in 1920, the Census Bureau appointed the first five female supervisors, as well as the first three female expert chiefs of divisions.

As we gear up for the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau is hiring men and women in temporary jobs to help count everyone in the U.S. Apply now to earn extra income and help your community.

100 Years: 1920 - 2020

There are numerous eventsbeing held around the Countyto commemorate 100thanniversary events, Women's History Month, and educate the public about the importance of being counted in the 2020 Census. Below are somehighlightsof events planned for March. More events will be posted throughout the monthon the Arlington County Librarypage and Arlington's Naming Centennialwebsite.

Check out the following resources to learn more:


[Attachment] APRIL 1, 2020 IS CENSUS DAY! The U.S. Censuscounts every resident in the nation, including right here in Arlington County. As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, America gets just one chance each decade to count its population. The collected data help to determine things like the number of seats Virginia has in the House of Representatives, and how to distribute federal funds to local communities like ours.