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Celebrate Women's History Month

Before the 1970s, women’s history was an overlooked topic both in the public consciousness and in American schools. In 1978, a group of educators in Sonoma, California proposed the celebration of Women’s History Week.  Two years later, President Jimmy Carter declared the week of March 8th as National Women’s History Week.

As more state education departments added Women’s Studies to their curricula, public interest in the subject grew. In 1987, through the efforts of the National Women’s History Project, educational groups and other women’s organizations, the United States Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month.

For more information, visit these recommended websites:

Women's History Month  from the Library of Congress

National Women's History Project

Smithsonian Education Women's History Month


Missouri State University's Women's History Month Calendar

In the Library:

Recent additions about women's history in the Library's collection include:

A Few Good Women : America's Military Women from World War I to the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan by Evelyn M. Monahan

From Eve to Dawn : a History of Women by Marilyn French

When Everything Changed : the Amazing Journey of American Women, from 1960 to the Present by Gail Collins

You can find more about women's history under the subject "women" in the Library's catalog.


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