March is Women’s History Month. This month we commemorate the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.
Women are smart, brave, cunning, imaginative, analytical, athletic, fierce, industrious, opinionated, rebellious, studious, confident, diplomatic, adventurous, ambitious, courageous, diligent, inventive, persistent, resourceful, and independent. Women are all of these things and so much more. Here are a few women who influenced American history and how they left their mark on our society.
- Louisa May Alcott was a writer, famous for her book “Little Women.”
- Susan B. Anthony was an activist who played a crucial role in the women’s suffrage movement.
- Clara Barton was a nurse during the Civil war and founder of the American Red Cross.
- Nellie Bly was a journalist who pioneered a new kind of investigative writing. She is also well-known for traveling the globe by ship in 72 days.
- Amelia Earhart was the first female aviator to fly across the Atlantic Ocean solo.
- Jessie Benton Freemont was a writer and political activist who wrote about her and husband’s journey westward.
- Marguerite Higgins was a reporter and war correspondent during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. In 1951, she was the first woman awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Foreign Correspondence.
- Grace Hopper was a computer scientist and Navy rear admiral who helped create programs for the first computers.
- Julia Ward Howe was an author and social activist, who is most famous for writing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
- Harriet Jacobs was a writer who published “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl,” which was the first book to highlight the issues of rape and sexual abuse within slavery.
- Barbara Jordan was a lawyer, educator, politician, and civil rights leader. She served as the first southern African-American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
- Coretta Scott King was the wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and played a crucial role in preserving the legacy of Dr. King. She also founded the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change and lobbied for Dr. King’s birthday to be recognized as a federal holiday.
- Clare Booth Luce was an author, a politician, and was the first woman appointed to an U.S. Ambassador position abroad.
- Sandra Day O’Connor was a lawyer and judge who became the first female justice on the Supreme Court.
These are just a few stories of the amazing women in our history. This month, honor the perseverance and legacy of these historical women, who paved the way for innovation today. You can discover more stories here at the Cape Girardeau Public Library through our many online resources, as well as our onsite print, audio, and visual materials. Our online research tools include Academic Search Elite, EBSCOhost, ERIC, Explora, MasterFILE Premier, Primary Search and much more. Use these resources to complete your own research on influential women throughout history.
Additionally, check out the list of titles below. These items focus on women important to our history and culture. Discover true stories of women suffragists, pioneers, inventors, leaders, writers, scientists, spies, and more!
- Lady Rebels of Civil War Missouri by Larry Wood
- The Case of the Married Woman: Caroline Norton and Her Fight for Women's Justice by Antonia Fraser
- Mutinous Women: How French Convicts Became Founding Mothers of the Gulf Coast by Joan E. DeJean
- The Correspondents: Six Women Writers on the Front Lines of World War II by Judith Mackrell
- Carved in Ebony: Lessons from the Black Women who Shape Us by Jasmine L. Holmes
- Girly Drinks: A World History of Women and Alcohol by Mallory O’Meara
- The Mirror and the Palette: Rebellion, Revolution, and Resilience; Five Hundred Years of Women’s Self Portraits by Jennifer Higgie
- Still Mad: American Women Writers and the Feminist Imagination by Sandra Gilbert
- New Women in the Old West: From Settlers to Suffragists, an Untold American Story by Winifred Gallagher
- The Man Who Hated Women: Sex, Censorship, and Civil Liberties in the Gilded Age by Amy Sohn
- The Woman They Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear by Kate Moore
- When Women Invented Television: The Untold Story of the Female Powerhouses Who Pioneered the Way We Watch Today by Jennifer K. Armstrong
- Revolutions: How Women Changed the World on Two Wheels by Hannah Ross
- American Queenmaker: How Missy Meloney Brought Women into Politics by Julie Des Jardins
- The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience by Hillary R. Clinton
- Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction by Lisa Kroger
- The Queens of Animation: The Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History by Nathalia Holt
- A Woman’s Place: The Inventors, Rumrunners, Lawbreakers, Scientists & Single Moms Who Changed the World with Food by Deepi Ahluwalia
- The White Devil's Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco's Chinatown by Julia F. Siler
- Women Who Dared: To Break All the Rules by Jeremy Scott
- D-Day Girls: The Untold Story of the Female Spies Who Helped Win World War II by Sarah R. Crown
- Medicine Women: The Story of the First Native American Nursing School by Jim Kristofic
- Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait?: Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson, and the Fight for the Right to Vote by Tina Cassidy
- Figuring by Maria Popova
- Women: Our Story by DK Publishing, Inc.
For more information about Women’s History Month, please visit https://womenshistorymonth.gov.