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Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month. This annual celebration highlights the contributions of women to historical events and current society.

This celebration finds its roots in Sonoma, California where in 1978 a school district participated in a Women’s History Week in conjunction with International Women’s Day (March 8). Greda Lerner and other scholars learned of this successful celebration during a fifteen-day conference about women’s history in 1979. Participants decided to initiate similar commemorations within their own communities. In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring a National Women’s History Week. Congress passed the first Joint Congressional Resolution proclaiming a Women’s History Week the same year. Congress designated March Women’s History Month in 1987, and since 1998 U.S. presidents have issued annual proclamations to designate the month.

To recognize and celebrate this month, CEHHS curated a list of resources centering women voices and stories. These resources are available through the UT Library and online.

2024 Updated Resources: Civil Rights Leaders & Movements

For 2024, CEHHS A&E highlights women leaders protecting and advancing civil rights around the world. These women have made significant contributions to the fields of education, health, and human services, as well as to the global community. They have inspired and empowered others to fight for justice, equality, and dignity for all people.

Agents of Change – Empowering Women in the Middle East – Forbes | Video

Bananeras: Women Transforming the Banana Unions of Latin America by Dana Frank | Physical Book

Fighter in Velvet Gloves: Alaska Civil Rights Hero Elizabeth Peratrovich by Annie Boochever & Roy A. Pertrovich | Physical Book

Our Own People (Yuri Kochiyama) – Throughline | Podcast Episode

The women who masterminded the Montgomery Bus Boycott – Code Switch | Podcast Episode

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) is an annual global commemoration held on March 8. This event highlights the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women. Beginning within the labor and suffrage movements, the date also serves as a focal point for the women’s rights movement. February 28, 1909, marks the earliest purported Women’s Day observance in New York City, New York. The United Nations began celebrating IWD in 1975 and proclaimed March 8 as an official UN holiday in 1977. Learn more about this year’s IWD theme and initiatives.

Women Voices

The resources below feature some women voices through different media formats. Bolded resources signify those written/created by women.

A Black Women’s History of the United States | E-Book – Daina Ramey Berry & Kali N. Gross

Invisible No More | E-Book – Andrea J. Ritchie

Our Voices, Our Histories: Asian American and Pacific Islander Women | E-Book – Shirley Hune & Gail M. Nomura

Soldaderas in the Mexican Military: Myth and History | Physical Book – Elizabeth Salas

The Warrior Queens | Physical Book – Antonia Fraser

All titles in this section are available in the Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Curated by Susan L. Groenke, PhD.

Last Night at the Telegraph Club | Physical Book – Malinda Lo

Lifting as We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box | Physical Book – Evette Dionne

#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women | Physical Book – Lisa Charleyboy & Mary Beth Leatherdale (Eds.)

Pura’s Cuentos: How Pura Belpré Reshaped Libraries with Her Stories | Physical Book – Annette Bay Pimentel

Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler | Physical Book – Ibi Zoboi

Women Artists, A-Z | Physical Book – Melanie LaBarge (Author) & Caroline Carrigan (Illustrator)

Girlhood (It’s Complicated) | Digital Exhibit – National Museum of American History

Where There Is a Woman There Is Magic | Digital Collection – National Portrait Gallery

Women in Science: A Resource Guide | Research Guide – Library of Congress

Women’s Stories of… | Digital Collection – National Park Service

Votes for Women | Digital Collection – Because of Her Story (Smithsonian)

Homegoing | E-Book – Yaa Gyasi

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter | Physical Book – Erika Sánchez

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness | Physical Book – Arundhati Roy

The Miseducation of Cameron Post | Physical Book – Emily M. Danforth

Somebody’s Daughter | Physical Book – Chisa Hutchinson

Collected | Crystal M. Moten & Krystal Klingenberg (National Museum of American History)

On Being | Krista Tippett

She Explores | Gale Straub (Ravel Media)

What’s Her Name | Katie Nelson & Olivia Meikle

Womanica | Wonder Media Network

Updated March 2024 by Miranda N. Rutan, Doctoral Student, CEHHS A&E, UT Knoxville | Curated March 2022 by Miranda N. Rutan, Doctoral Student, CEHHS A&E, UT Knoxville