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March is Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society. The United States has observed it annually throughout the month of March since 1987.

International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the economic, political and social achievements of women, took place for the first time on March 8, 1911. Many countries around the world celebrate the holiday with demonstrations, educational initiatives and customs such as presenting women with gifts and flowers. The United Nations has sponsored International Women’s Day since 1975.

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A Conversation with Eleanor Roosevelt
This 1959 NBC program touches on a wide range of Eleanor Roosevelt’s memories, concerns, and goals.

Vietnam Nurses, with Dana Delany
In this Emmy Award–winning documentary hosted by Dana Delany—Nurse Colleen McMurphy from the classic Vietnam War drama China Beach—eight nurses describe the horrors they faced in-country, the emergency care they provided at surgical and evacuation hospitals, the deep emotional scars they sustained while diligently doing their jobs, their return home to less than a hero’s welcome, and their ongoing efforts to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Evita Perón: A Story of Transformation—in Spanish
This program beautifully illustrates Eva Maria Duarte ‘s journey, including her early days as a film and radio actress, her marriage to War Minister Juan Perón, her assistance in his election to the Presidency, her unconventional political accomplishments, and her reinvention of image of Argentina’s First Lady.

Benazir Bhutto: Battling Dictatorship in Pakistan
As prime minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto was the first woman—and also the youngest person—to head the government of a Muslim-majority state in modern times. In this program, Bhutto answers questions about the personal risks she faced as a woman pursuing a career in Pakistani politics, the influence of Western democracy on her as a politician, and the empowering effect of her role in public life on Pakistani women.

Generations: American Women Win the Vote
Covering 72 years of suffrage history, this film describes the struggle to get the 19th Amendment passed in Congress and ratified by states.


Internet Women’s History Sourcebook
Contains full text of a wide range of primary source materials as well as secondary texts related to women in ancient history, early European history, modern European history, Latin America, United States, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance

Diotima : Materials for the Study of Women and Gender in the Ancient WorldCollection of resources concerning gender in the Mediterranean world. Includes a searchable bibliography, links to art collections, anthology of translations and desired translations of primary sources, and links to many other resources.

Country versus City in Early Modern England
Gain a brief overview of women’s roles in the English Renaissance.

Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index
This site indexes over 250 journals and essay collections in this growing area of women’s history scholarship.

Monastic Matrix: A Scholarly Resource for the Study of Women’s Religious Communities from 400-1600 CE
A growing collection of biographical, bibliographical information about women in Medieval religious communities. The site is adding images, full text and information about archives.

Women in World History: Early Modern Period
Places this time period in a global context and discusses the term “early modern”. Contextualizes select primary sources such as a manual for witch hunters, a diary, and advice book and more. Each is examined to show both women’s concerns and men’s preoccupation with them. Women in World History is a project of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University, and part of World History Matters, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

American History

African American Women Writers of the 19th Century: Digital Schomburg
This nineteenth-century printed record includes poetry, short stories, histories, narratives, novels, autobiographies, social criticism, and theology, as well as economic and philosophical treatises.

Agents of Social Change: Online Exhibit
An exhibit of material for the Sophia Smith Collection featuring resources on 20th century women’s activism. Includes records from the Gloria Steinem collection, as well as other women activists and the Women’s Action Alliance. Resources highlight women’s involvement in labor, civil liberties, peace, urban reform, welfare rights and women’s rights.

American Women
A gateway to Library of Congress resources for the study of women’s history and culture in the United States.

American Memory (Library of Congress) — Women
The Library’s digital collection of historical documents includes sections on women’s history, including:

Discovering American Women’s History Online: A Research Guide

Rich site maintained by Ken Middleton of Middle Tennessee State University Library, describing and linking to all general and subject specific information and primary sources in women’s history.

Core Lists in Women’s Studies – U.S. Women’s History
Maintained by the Women and Gender Studies Section of the Association for College and Research Libraries, this document lists up to 50 in-print sources considered essential for this discipline.

The Emma Goldman Papers
Comprehensive site describing the collected papers of this famous activist, including finding aids to the collection, photographs, selected writings, and bibliographical essays and references.

Godey’s Lady’s Book
Digitized version of issues of this important 19th century literary publication. Maintained by the University of Vermont.

National First Ladies’ Library
Site highlighting the library dedicated in 1998 in honor of the First Ladies of the U.S.; The library is both a physical and digital library, with the physical portion housed in Canton, Ohio at the former home of President and Mrs. McKinley.; The internet site contains an extensive bibliography on all of the First Ladies, the only one of its kind.

National Women’s Hall of Fame
Organized by the National Women’s Hall of Fame, includes biographies and photographs of “great” American women.

National Women’s History Project
Informative site from the organization that instituted March as Women’s History month. Contains information on current celebrations, activities to promote gender equity in education, collection of feminist quotes, biographical sources, and a substantial collection of links to other women’s history sites.

Places Where Women Made History: A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary
Fascinating tour of 74 historic places in Massachusetts and New York that are important in women’s history. Includes interactive maps, descriptions of each place’s significance in women’s history, photographs, information on public accessibility, essays on women’s achievements in American history, and links to other pertinent Web sites.

Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Complete information on this important library and its collections, policies, special events, etc.

Suffragists Oral History Project
Transcriptions of taped interviews with 12 twelve leaders of the Suffragist Movement. Produced under the auspices of the Bancroft Library’s Regional Oral History Office.

Site on Women Airforce Service Pilots, the first women in U.S. history authorized to fly military aircraft. Includes a scrapbook, pictures, history, quotes, and links to other W.A.S.P. sites.

Women and Social Movements in the United States 1775-2000
Rich collection of primary resource material, organized around projects created by undergraduate and graduate students at Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY.  The projects include an opening question, introduction, and document list with full text of primary source material used to answer the question.  Site co-directed by noted scholars Kathryn Kish Sklar and Thomas Dublin, and funded by the NEH.

300 Women Who Changed the World
Collection of articles, timelines, biographies, photographs, etc. created by Encyclopedia Britannica

Women in History: Selected Background Readings
Compiled by Kay E. Vandergrift (Associate Professor, Rutgers University) Principally on American women’s history.

Women in Vietnam
Interviews, articles, first person accounts, links and more.

Women Working in the United States – 1870-1939
Focusing on women’s participation in the U.S. economy from 1870-1930. From the Harvard Libraries Open Collections Program, this project is intended to demonstrate the feasibility of bringing together books, manuscripts, and images from across the Harvard libraries and museums.

Worchester Women’s History Project
Site commemorating the first national women’s rights convention, held in Worchester, MA in 1850.  Includes archives of text concerning the convention and also plans for conference in October 2000 to celebrate the 150th anniversary.

International History

Biographies of Women Mathematicians
Compilation of biographical information on women mathematicians from the 18th century and before to the present day.

Corelist in Women’s Studies for International History
Maintained by the Women and Gender Studies Section of the Association for College and Research Libraries, this document lists up to 50 in-print sources considered essential for this discipline.

Distinguished Women of Past and Present
Compilation of biographical information links on women throughout time. Indexed by name and also by field of endeavor.

4000 Years of Women in Science
Biographies of more than 100 women in science through time.  Includes some pictures as well.

Gender Matters
Part of a larger site entitled “The Victorian Web.” This section links to full text articles about social conditions and gender as it relates to science, health, the arts, and religion.

Based at The Women’s Library in London, the purpose of Genesis is to identify and develop access too women’s history sources in the British Isles. Contains a comprehensive list of websites relating to women’s history sources, including national and international sites.

H-Women (discussion group)
Keyword search the archives of this academic discussion group on women’s history.

Kamat’s Potpourri:  The Women of KalaRanga
Site on Indian women and their history, developed and maintained by Dr. Jyotsna Kamat, a women’s studies scholar.

Victorian Women Writers Project
Transcriptions of works by British women writers of the 19th century, including anthologies, novels, political pamphlets, religious tracts, children’s books, and volumes of poetry and verse drama. A project developed at Indiana University.

Women’s International Center
This nonprofit organization includes several informative history links on its homepage, including biographies in calendar order, a long article on the history of women in America, and other biographical links.

Women’s History Month

National Women’s History Month
Depiction of 1999 poster celebrating women’s portrayal on U.S. postage stamps.   This year’s theme is:  Women Putting our Stamp on America. This link is part of the complete site maintained by the National Women’s History Project.

Women’s History Speeches/Speakers/Performers

Women’s Speeches from Around the World
Full text of speeches by contemporary women and selected famous 19th century women.

(**websites from WGSSLinks)


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