In March, we move from highlighting the accomplishments of black Americans to highlighting the important contributions that women have made to our society in the United States. Women’s History Month first began in 1980 when a group successfully lobbied to get the week of March 8 officially recognized as Women’s History Week. President Jimmy Carter was the one to officially declare this a national celebration.
It was 7 years later that Congress passed Public Law 100-9 that declares March to be National Women’s History Month. Each year, the current president continues to proclaim March as Women’s History Month in the United States, and many other entities celebrate the month in their own ways. Many companies come out with themed products or advertisements. Charities are donated to, and projects are funded. Each year, the Women’s History Alliance selects and publishes a theme for that year. In 2021, it was “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silenced”.
Here at the library, we like to recognize Women’s History Month by learning about these celebrated women and their accomplishments:
Sojourner Truth, who was a women’s rights activist and abolitionist in the 1800s, and Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who founded the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1869.
Book: Suffrage : women’s long battle for the vote by Ellen Carol Dubois
Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo, non-stop across the Atlantic (and the second pilot to ever pull it off!) in1932.
Book: Amelia Earhart : a biography by Doris L. Rich
Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court, in 1981.
Book: Sandra Day O’Connor : how the first woman on the Supreme Court became its most influential justice by Joan Biskupic
These are just a few of the many books that we have available for you to use to learn about these great women in history. Feel free to look up another person or topic that interests you, and stop by the information desk if you need help finding a particular book or topic.