March is Women’s History Month and a wonderful opportunity to shine a light on the achievements and contributions of women in this country. Commemorating the significant role of women is also an important opportunity to inspire girls and young women to build their potential and achieve their dreams.
We continue to celebrate many ground-breaking firsts for women, and it is an honor to be included in that list as the first woman and African American to serve as the Librarian of Congress. You can watch my historic swearing-in ceremony from Sept. 14, 2016 here.
The Library’s vast collections include the history and contributions of diverse women in just about every facet of life, including government, sports, education, arts, science, music, civil rights, entertainment and so much more. I invite you to read some of the fascinating stories about popular historical figures, as well as lesser-known history-makers, included in some of the Library’s engaging blog posts written by staff experts from across our collections areas. A small sampling of posts in honor of Women’s History Month is provided below, as a starting place to help you discover all there is to learn at the Library of Congress.
Sincerely, Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress
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 join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. Visit this joint web portal highlighting collections, resources and events: https://womenshistorymonth.gov/
Celebrating Women’s History Month: Blog Posts from Around the Library
Take a look at our historical newspaper archives for stories featuring change-making women in newspapers searchable in Chronicling America. This database, sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress, provides access to historic United States newspapers published between 1789 and 1963. As the Library’s digital collection grows to over 16 million digitized pages, this blog post features 16 Chronicling America topics pages. (There are, of course, many more!) Each page provides links to articles and includes significant dates and associated search terms useful for searching the topic in historical newspapers.
Women and Sports: Prints and Photographs Collections
As we celebrate women’s history this month, we’re heading to the track, the open waters, the rink, the mat, the field, the mountains, and many more areas to highlight women in sports.
While there isn’t one set collection to explore this topic, we’ve put together a few tips and tricks for navigating the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog. It’s important to note that women in sports imagery can be found in many formats and depict professional, amateur, leisure, and collegiate sports.
Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote – Visit the Exhibition Online
Visit our current exhibition which examines the campaign for women’s voting rights that lasted more than seven decades. Considered the largest reform movement in United States history, its participants believed that securing the vote was essential to achieving women’s economic, social, and political equality. Culminating 100 years ago in the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the fight for women’s suffrage was not for the fainthearted. Determined women organized, lobbied, paraded, petitioned, lectured, and picketed for years. Suffragists were ridiculed, patronized, and dismissed by opponents, yet they persisted. Some were assaulted and endured the harsh confines of prison for daring to claim rights equal to men, but they would not be denied.
Literary events in March will feature the new series “Made at the Library,” with a book on Eleanor Roosevelt and the ongoing National Book Festival Presents series. All programs will be virtual and premiere on the Library’s Facebook page and its YouTube site (with captions).
Thursday, March 18, 7 p.m.: “Rediscovering Eleanor Roosevelt” is the first event in a new series called “Made at the Library,” which focuses on books that have been substantially written using the Library of Congress’ extraordinary collections.
Thursday, March 25, 7 p.m.: “War, Combat and the American Soldier” features two of the most prominent historians of war, Margaret MacMillan (“War: How Conflict Shaped Us”) and Rick Atkinson (“The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777”).
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