March is Women’s History Month. Learn more about women in history at your library!
Check out this booklist for select nonfiction, biography and memoir titles, from Suffrage by Ellen Carol DuBois, released during last year’s 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote, to She Come By It Natural by Sarah Smarsh, a biography of Dolly Parton and the women she inspires. For children’s books on Women’s History Month, view the scrolling list on our Kids page.
Are documentaries more your style? Kanopy, our streaming video service, is featuring a Women’s History Month collection, including history and current events, biography of notable women, and films directed by women. Create a free account with Kanopy using your library card, then get 10 play credits per month.
Don’t forget the music! Freegal offers 5 downloads per week, free with your library card, and notable women artists they suggest include Kitty Wells, Aretha Franklin and Joan Baez. (You can read the full Women’s History Month post at Freegal’s blog, but come back to the Chandler Library Freegal page to search for these artists rather than using that blog post’s outdated links.)
Women’s History Month has its origins in a weeklong observation passed by the U.S. Congress in 1981, which expanded to a month in 1987 and has been a Presidential Proclamation since 1995. The observation is now a joint project between 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. Visit their website for online exhibitions and events, resources for teachers and more.