Women’s History Month

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Dalia Glatt, Writer

The first Women’s History Month took place in March 1987. However, it began as Women’s History Week in 1981. This month celebrates the contributions of women and their fight past and present for the rights they deserve. It is celebrated in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada (in October).

Some resources to check out to learn more about women’s history are the National Women’s History Museum, UNLADYLIKE2020, New-York Historical Society’s Center for Women’s History, National Women’s Hall of Fame, and Smithsonian Women’s History Initiative. National Women’s History Museum was founded by Karen Staser in 1996 and is a virtual museum but hopes to have a physical location sometime in the future. UNLADYLIKE2020 consists of 26 animated documentary shorts created by Charlotte Mangin that share the stories of relatively unknown women like Loise Arner Boyd, Gladys Bentley, and Gertrude Ederle. New-York Historical Society’s Center for Women’s History has plenty of resources online like their archives, a blog, a free digital curriculum site called Women & The American History, and a library of short animated videos. National Women’s Hall of Fame is located in Seneca Falls New York features many women who pushed past societal gender norms to become the first or one of the first in their fields. Smithsonian Women’s History Initiative was tasked with “researching, disseminating, and amplifying the histories of American women” after Congress passed legislation to create a Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum in December of 2020.

There are a vast amount of resources out there for those who wish to learn about the contributions of women past and present. I hope their stories can inspire you to push past societal gender norms and pave your own path in the world. Happy learning!