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Women’s History Month Resources

Laura Marti – March 1, 2022

It’s Women’s History Month! To begin this month with a focus on women and the many contributions they’ve made, we want to provide you with a few amazing resources that you can explore for WHM 2022. The WHM websites have an abundance of resources, so dig in and let’s learn!

ORIGIN AND CELEBRATION OF WHM

Do you know how Women’s History Month began? When was it officially recognized? Who founded WHM? Many of these questions are answered in this article from Parade Magazine.

🔗 March Is Women’s History Month! Learn More About Its Backstory and Celebration. For example, they explain:

“Women’s History Month first came to be as a national celebration in 1982, though the first celebration was Women’s History Week. A few years later, it expanded into a full month of honoring women’s roles in society, thanks to a petition from the National Women’s History Project, which led to the president proclaiming March of each year Women’s History Month.”

ANNUAL THEME OF WHM

The official theme for WHM 2022 is:

“Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.”

The annual theme for Women’s History Month is decided by The National Women’s History Alliance. On their website they share:

The 2022 Women’s History theme, “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope,” is both a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history.

Women as healers harken back to ancient times. Healing is the personal experience of transcending suffering and transforming it to wholeness. The gift of hope spreads light to the lives of others and reflects a belief in the unlimited possibilities of this and future generations. Together, healing and hope are essential fuels for our dreams and our recovery.

This year, in particular, we are reminded of the importance of healers and caregivers who are helping to promote and sustain hope for the future.

The NWHA encourages groups throughout the country to use the theme to recognize and honor women in their own communities, organizations, or agencies.

Their website contains a plethora of resources, such as:

BOOKLIST – NEW YORK SOCIETY LIBRARY

The New York Society Library, founded in 1754, is New York City’s oldest library. On their Library Blog they share an expansive reading list for Women’s History Month 2022. They state:

For Women’s History Month, we present our annual list of recent acquisitions (new books and older titles newly added) focusing on women’s vast contributions to history and culture. It should come as no surprise that the books cover a lot of territory, and there is likely something here for almost every interest.  A section with Children’s and Young Adult books is included as well.

🔗 Women’s History Month 2022 – Recent Arrivals Book List | New York Society Library

Source: New York Society Library
Source: New York Society Library
Small sample of booklist | Source: New York Society Library

WOMEN’S HISTORY RESOURCES AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

The federal website for Women’s History Month, a collaboration/partnership of multiple federal agencies, is an exhaustive source of exhibits and collections, historical images, online events, teachers’ resources, and more. They state:

For two hundred years, the Library of Congress, the oldest national cultural institution in the United States, has been gathering materials necessary to tell the stories of women in America. The last third of the twentieth century witnessed a great surge of popular and scholarly interest in women’s studies and women’s history that has led to an outpouring of works in many formats. This publication is designed to provide a guide to both old and new materials for the benefit of interested researchers whether or not they are able to visit the Library.

Source: Library of Congress

Links to a sampling of LOC resources:

Dr. Carla Hayden, 14th Librarian of Congress | Source: LOC
Sojourner Truth | Source: Library of Congress
Women’s Suffrage in Wyoming Territory, at the polls in Cheyenne | Photo: Kirkland | Source: Library of Congress

Laura Martí is Content Creator and Resource Curator for Brownicity. Trained as a microbiologist and currently a wife and mother of four, she has been on an antiracism journey since the death of Trayvon Martin. She shares from her own learning with the goal of educating others and lifting up the dignity of every person.