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Women's History Month

History of Women's History Month

In 1978, "Women's History Day" was celebrated in Sonoma County, Califonia.  Championed by Gerda Lerner and the National Women's History Alliance, it began to be recognized as a national week in 1980 and then a month (1987) in the United States, spreading internationally after that.

Women's History Month highlights the contribution of women to events in history and society.  In the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia, it is celebrated during March corresponding with International Women's Day on March 8th.  In Canada, they celebrate during October corresponding with the celebration of Persons Day which takes place on October 18th.


Learn more about Women's History Month on this website jointly run by 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.

Featured Books

Code Name: Lise

The extraordinary true story of Odette Sansom, the British spy who operated in occupied France and fell in love with her commanding officer during World War II.

Hidden Figures

Even as Virginia's Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley's all-black 'West Computing' group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens.

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy

Quit Like a Woman

For years, Holly Whitaker wore her workaholic-party-girl persona as a badge of honor, while privately feeling increasingly miserable. When she finally had enough and started looking around for help, she was shocked to find that the only systems in place to support her quitting drinking were archaic, patriarchal, and ineffective for the unique needs of women. The result of her search for help is her company, Tempest, which provides the education to address the root cause of addiction, the tools to break the cycle of addiction, and the community necessary to build a life free from alcohol. Written in a unique voice that is relatable, honest, and witty, Quit Like a Woman is a groundbreaking look at the insidious role alcohol plays in our lives.

Opting Back In

Interrupting a professional career is, for women who opt out, a conflicted decision of last resort. Most women envision returning to the labor force even as they leave it. But can they? Drawing on unique research, this book profiles the efforts of a group of high-achieving women to go back to work.


An inspirational story of hope and miracles as a small town orthopedic surgeon forever changes one woman's life after performing a first-ever procedure that resulted in what others have recognized as the world's most advanced amputee.


In 2017, twenty-five-year-old Susan Fowler published a blog post detailing the sexual harassment and retaliation she'd experienced as an entry-level engineer at Uber. The post went viral, leading not only to the ouster of Uber's CEO and twenty other employees, but starting a bonfire on creepy sexual behavior in Silicon Valley that spread to Hollywood and engulfed Harvey Weinstein. When she was told, after discovering the pervasive culture of sexism, harassment, racism, and abuse at Uber, that she was the problem, Fowler banded together with other women to try to make change. When that didn't work, she went public.

A Woman's Place

The 9/11 attacks fundamentally transformed how the US approached terrorism, and led to the unprecedented expansion of counterterrorism strategies, policies, and practices. While the analysis of these developments is rich and vast, there remains a significant void. The diverse actors contributing to counterterrorism increasingly consider, engage and impact women as agents, partners, and targets of their work. Yet, flawed assumptions and stereotypes remain prevalent, and it remains undocumented and unclear how and why counterterrorism efforts have evolved as they did, including in relation to women.

Women Warriors

Pamela Toler introduces us to women who took up arms and also shows why they did it and what happened when they stepped out of their traditional female roles to take on other identities. These are the stories of women who fought because they wanted to, because they had to, or because they could.