As a woman and a mother of a teenage daughter, equality to my male counterpart is of the utmost importance to me. Do I feel like we have a long ways to go? Yes. I believe women have a steeper climb for promotions, pay, and even more challenging work. Do I think we’ve come a long way? Yes!

 

National History Month

Women have been pushing their given limits and fighting for their rights year after year. March is the month to celebrate these victories and how far women have come during National Women’s History Month. This is a great opportunity to look at the contributions women have made in history and continue to make today.

 

The History Behind the Month

Women’s History Month actually started out as Women’s History Week according to National Women’s History Museum. It started out as a celebration in Santa Rosa, California to correspond with International Women’s Day in 1978 and spread across the celebration spread across the country the following year. The following year in 1980, President Jimmy Carter designated March 2-8 National Women’s History Week.

“From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.” ~President Jimmy Carter

Every year the designated week was proclaimed National Women’s History Week with requests and additional resolutions to celebrate March as National Women’s Month. Starting in 1995, each President has proclaimed March as Women’s History Month.

 

Check Out Library Resources

The Library offers a plethora of information and resources on women throughout history and today. Here are some of my favorites that I’d like to highlight. Take time to peruse the website and find your own favorites.

 

Adult:

Book: Women: the National Geographic Image Collection

Book: The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart by Garza, Alicia

DVD: Women of Impact: Changing the World

Kanopy: Great Unsung Women of Computing Series

Kanopy: Women Make Film Series

Kanopy: Women

Kanopy: A Thousand Girls Like Me

eBook: Women, Race, & Class by Angela Y. Davis

YA Book/eBook: Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu

Book/eBook/eAudiobook: The Moment of Lift : How Empowering Women Changes the World by Gates, Melinda

 

Children:

Book: Not Playing by the Rules: 21 Female Athletes Who Changed Sports by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Book: Women in Art: 50 Fearless Creatives Who Inspire the World by Rachel Ignotofsky

Book: Black Women Who Dared by Naomi M. Moyer

Book: Like a Girl by Lori Degman

Book: Sonia Sotomayor : a judge grows in the Bronx = la juez que creció en el Bronx by Winter, Jonah

Book: Remember the ladies : 100 great American women by Harness, Cheryl

Book: Little dreamers : visionary women around the world by Harrison, Vashti

Kanopy: I could Do That! Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote

Kanopy: Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors

eBook: She Persisted Around the World : 13 Women Who Changed History. by Clinton, Chelsea

Posted on March 8, 2021

by Aimee Meier

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Aimee Meier

Aimee is our UX and Trainer, but not the type that makes you skinny or buff. She has been a trainer for nearly 15 years, with a focus in technology. She is also a coffee-drinker, audiobook addict, mom, and cat collector. Much of her spare time is spent in a gym watching volleyball. She escapes to a beach or pool whenever she can. She is also a soup making champion as she has won the library’s soup-off competition two years in a row!
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