For over 100 years, the achievements of American women through history have been officially honored in the United States in the month of March.
The US started recognizing the achievements of women in 1911, when the first International Women’s Day happened on March 8. It was almost 70 years later that President Carter proclaimed the week of March 8, 1980 as National Women’s History Week. Finally, in 1987, the recognition was expanded by Congress and since then, March is officially known as Women’s History Month. (Source: “Women's History Month: Overview.” American History. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 14 Mar. 2014.)
The theme for the 2014 National Women’s History Month is, “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment.”
Ways to Celebrate Nationally
- Read about several fascinating women in history that were chosen as this year’s honorees by the National Women’s History Project.
- Read this year's Presidential Proclamation.
- Visit the official website of Women’s History Month, brought to you by the Library of Congress and several other government agencies.
Celebrate Local Women
These titles are located in the Ohio Room of the Reference Department of the Main Library.
- Women of Ohio (Ruth Neely, ed. 1979) - This three-volume set has hundreds of short biographies of Ohio women of achievement.
- More than Petticoats: Remarkable Ohio Women (Greta Anderson, 2005) - Profiles twelve strong and determined women, such as Harriet Beecher Stowe and Annie Oakley, who have called Ohio home.
- Buckeye Women: The History of Ohio’s Daughters (Stephane Elise Booth, 2001) - Documents the important role of women over 200 years of Ohio history.
- We Too Built Columbus (Ruth Young White, ed. 1936) - From the first pioneers to individuals in the arts, politics, and business, read about 150 years of women in Columbus history.
- UA Archives – Upper Arlington had its share of notable women; This year the city of Upper Arlington will recognize the fifth woman to be honored with a Wall of Honor Plaque, given to deceased residents of UA who have made a significant contribution to the city, state or nation. Browse the Wall of Honor collection in the UA Archives to read about all of them.
- The Ohio Statehouse Ladies Gallery – This gallery pays homage to the first six female legislators elected to the Ohio General Assembly. It also honors all women who have served in the Ohio State Senate or House.
Do Some Research!
Note: You will need your library card number in order access these sources.
- Gale Biography in Context – Choose Browse People, and under the category Notable Women you will find hundreds of fascinating biographical entries on women in every field and capacity.
- Artemis Literary Sources, Oxford Art Online, and Oxford Music Online – Writing, painting, singing, and more; women have had major contributions to the arts throughout history. Choose a database that concerns an art form that interests you to search for articles about important women in the arts.
Related Reference Books
These sources are located in the Reference Room of the Main Library.
- Women and War: A Historical Encyclopedia from Antiquity to Present. (Bernard A. Cook, ed., 2006).
- The Book of Women's Firsts: Breakthrough Achievements of almost 1,000 American Women. (Phyllis J. Read and Bernard L. Witlieb, 1992).
- Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia.(Anne Commire, ed. 1999).
Find More Books in UAPL's Catalog!
Click the following subject headings to see a list of titles about women in the catalog.