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History of Women's History Month
The movement to celebrate and recognize women's contributions to the United States gained momentum in the 1970s culminating in President Carter proclaiming March 2-8 Women's History Week in 1980. Since 1995 American presidents have issued annual proclamations declaring March as Women's History Month.
For more information, including student organizations and campus resources, consult the Diversity & Inclusion Guide.
Women in Chemistry
Quick look at the periodic table contributions of Marie Curie and Ida Noddack.
Boss Lady by
Publication Date: 2017-06-19
Too often, depictions of women's rise in corporate America leave out the first generation of breakthrough women entrepreneurs. Here, Edith Sparks restores the careers of three pioneering businesswomen--Tillie Lewis (founder of Flotill Products), Olive Ann Beech (cofounder of Beech Aircraft), and Margaret Rudkin (founder of Pepperidge Farm)--who started their own manufacturing companies in the 1930s, sold them to major corporations in the 1960s and 1970s, and became members of their corporate boards. Summary taken from book.
Girls Coming to Tech! by
Publication Date: 2014-01-31
How women coped with both formal barriers and informal opposition to their entry into the traditionally masculine field of engineering in American higher education. Summary taken from the book.
The Hello Girls by
Publication Date: 2017-04-06
In 1918 the U.S. Army Signal Corps sent 223 women to France to help win World War I. Elizabeth Cobbs reveals the challenges these patriotic young women faced in a war zone where male soldiers resented, wooed, mocked, saluted, and ultimately celebrated them. Back on the home front, they fought the army for veterans' benefits and medals, and won.
A Place on the Team by
Publication Date: 2006-10-29
A Place on the Team is the inside story of how Title IX revolutionized American sports. The federal law guaranteeing women's rights in education, Title IX opened gymnasiums and playing fields to millions of young women previously locked out. Summary taken from book.
Recasting the Vote by
Publication Date: 2020-11-16
From social clubs in New York's Chinatown to conferences for Native American rights, and in African American newspapers and pamphlets demanding equality for Spanish-speaking New Mexicans, a diverse cadre of extraordinary women struggled to build a movement that would truly include all women, regardless of race or national origin. Summary taken from book.
National Women's History Alliance
The National Women’s History Alliance formerly, the National Women’s History Project, is a leader in promoting Women’s History and is committed to the goals of education, empowerment, equality, and inclusion.
Women's History Month
This sites houses online exhibits and collections detailing the contributions of women in American life. It is the result of a collaboration between The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Women's History Month on History.com
Includes documentaries, photos and articles devoted to Women's history.
Recommended Print Books
The Girls of Atomic City by
Call Number: F444.O3 K54 2014
Publication Date: 2014-03-11
This is the story of the young women of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, who unwittingly played a crucial role in one of the most significant moments in U.S. history. Summary taken from book.
Ladies of Liberty by
Call Number: E176.R6342008
Publication Date: 2009-03-24
Featuring an exceptional group of women; including Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison, Rebecca Gratz, Louise Livingston, Sacagawea, and others; Ladies of Liberty sheds new light on the generation of heroines, reformers, and visionaries who helped shape our nation, finally giving these extraordinary ladies the recognition they so greatly deserve. Summary taken from book.
Three Girls from Bronzeville by
Call Number: F548.68.B76 T75 2021
Publication Date: 2021-09-07
This memoir chronicles the lives of three girls growing up in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago in the 1970s.
Women Building History by
Call Number: N7630.C832011
Publication Date: 2011-03-08
History of women during America's Gilded Age.
Women in Engineering by
Call Number: TA157.W6742009
Publication Date: 2009-06-05
Women in Engineering: Pioneers and Trailblazers introduces the visionary women who opened the door for today's female engineers. Pioneers such as Emily Roebling, Kate Gleason, Edith Clarke, and Katherine Stinson come to life in this anthology of essays, articles, lectures, and reports. Summary taken from book.
Notable American Women
American painter who studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and was a pioneer of modernism.
First female vice president of the United States.
First African American female astronaut.
Award winning actress and entrepreneur.
Professional tennis player, businesswoman and philanthropist.
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