National Women’s History Month

March 9, 2022 – Augusta Welsh, Adult Services

Women’s history month celebrates past and contemporary women who contributed to history through their work, actions, or lives. This now month-long highlight of women in our nation’s history started in the US as a week-long celebration centered around International Women’s Day, March 8th. The international date’s roots tie back to New York where, in 1908, 15,000 women marched for better pay, better working conditions, and the right to vote. Two years later in Copenhagen, at the International Conference for Working Women, the idea for an international women’s day was agreed upon. This international movement, sparked from political and social activism early in the twentieth century, was officially recognized by the United Nations in 1975. While some countries and small groups celebrated prior to the 1970s, the celebration did not gain widespread support until later.

The United States saw renewed interest in celebrating women’s history following a festival in Santa Rosa, California. Organized by a Sonoma County school district in 1978, they celebrated women’s history over an entire week. The festival encompassed international women’s day on March 8th and is credited by many to be the starting point for national women’s history celebrations in the United States. Other cities and groups picked up on this celebration and by 1980 their push for recognition reached the national level. 

President Jimmy Carter wrote an order proclaiming the week of March 8, 1980, to be National Women’s Week. In 1987, congress expanded this week-long celebration to encompass the entire month of March. Identical resolutions were passed between 1987 and 1994 to uphold the month as National Women’s History Month. From 1995 forward presidents have released continued orders for the month to be celebrated. 

Here at the library, we will be celebrating the contributions made to the worldwide tea industry by women of various nationalities and time periods during our Women’s Tea Society Hot Take on March 10th

Here are some books that feature women as the main characters as they tell stories both fictional and true!

Adult Fiction:
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Circe by Madeline Miller
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Beloved by Toni Morrison

Adult Non-Fiction:
My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Becoming by Michelle Obama
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore


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