Unsatisfied with the state of representation of women in history, five women gathered together and founded the National Women’s History Project in 1980. Their first act was to form and lead a coalition to lobby Congress to designate the month of March as Women’s History Month. They achieved this goal seven years later, in 1987, and have remained a powerful force in the observance and promotion of women’s history ever since.
Each year, the organization selects a theme for the month, as well as several honorees. This year’s theme honors women in public service and government, and there are sixteen honorees, ranging from Betty Mae Tiger Jumper, the First Woman Chairman of the Seminole Tribe, to Nadine Smith, a LGBT Civil Rights Activist. For a complete list of nominees, visit the National Women’s History Project website, and check out the graphic below featuring a selection of e-books by and about four of the nominees.
- Bates, Daisy. The Long Shadow of Little Rock: A Memoir. Baltimore, Maryland: Project Muse, 2014.
- Klink, Angie. The Dean’s Bible: Five Purdue Women and Their Quest for Equality. West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University Press, 2014.
- Lumsden, Linda J. Inez: the Life and Times of Inez Milholland. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004.
- Purmont, Jon. E. Ella Grasso Connecticut’s Pioneering Governor. Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, 2012.
Stop by the Library display table in the Reading Room to view the books selected, which include biographies and autobiographies of notable women in public service & government, volumes on women in politics and government in general, women & leadership, and historical movements involving women in public service & government. Additionally, President Obama’s 2016 Proclamation of Women’s History Month has been posted online, and a printout is on display as well. As always, the Reference Librarians are happy to assist you with any questions.