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March Is Women’s History Month

Rosie the RiveterRosie the Riveter proudly proclaimed, “Yes, we can do it!”  Women in the United States have contributed much to our country and to the world.  March is the annual celebration of the lives and achievements of women in the United States.  In 1857 when women in New York City protested working conditions, thus began observances of Women’s History Month.  Observances became official in 1981 when Congress authorized National Women’s History Week.  The week became a month in 1987.  It coincides with International Women’s Day which is recognized on March 8 each year.

 Women have been instrumental in government and politics, education, the arts, science and public service since the beginnings of the country.  From Deborah Sampson who disguised herself as a man in order to serve in the Revolutionary War to Sally Ride who became the first woman in space, American women have proved themselves admirably through the years. 

To learn more about many fascinating American women, go to eLibrary.  eLibrary has an abundance of information for research.  Not only are there publications dedicated to women and women’s history and issues, but there are also Research Topics–from historic and contemporary figures and issues like the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act–which provide jumping-off points to learning more about women in America (and around the world).  Search reference books like American Women’s History: A Student Companion and Her Heritage: A Biographical Encyclopedia of Famous American Women for encyclopedic information.  Scholarly journals such as the Journal of Women’s History serve a higher academic level.  No matter what you are looking for, eLibrary offers it and more.

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