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Women's History

This library research guide provides an introduction to library resources related to Women's History Month and women's history courses.

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Video from the National Women's History Museum. March 6, 2017; https://youtu.be/Vqity72mxLE

' Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as "Women’s History Month". '

For more information, go to https://www.womenshistorymonth.gov/

Text: "March is Women's History Month." Women's History Month.gov, Library of Congress, 2017, womenshistorymonth.gov/about/.

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Reshaping Women's History : Voices of Nontraditional Women Historians

Award-winning women scholars from nontraditional backgrounds have often negotiated an academic track that leads through figurative--and sometimes literal--minefields. Their life stories offer inspiration, but also describe heartrending struggles and daunting obstacles. Reshaping Women's History presents autobiographical essays by eighteen accomplished scholar-activists who persevered through poverty or abuse, medical malpractice or family disownment, civil war or genocide.

reshaping women's history book cover

Amendment 19: Women's Right to Vote

“Amendment 19: Women's Right to Vote.” Films On Demand, Films Media Group, 1998, fod.infobase.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?wID=97865&xtid=8108

Women's Letters: America From the Revolutionary War to the Present

With more than 400 letters and over 100 stunning photographs, Women’s Letters is a work of astonishing breadth and scope, and a remarkable testament to the women who lived–and made–history.

Handbook of American Women's History

This exceptional reference presents short articles on key people, events, and ideas that have shaped the history of women in the United States. Aimed at librarians, students, and teachers, the Handbook of American Women's History provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary view of a fascinating field of study.

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