March is Women's History Month. In celebration, we've collected sites and books about women. Get started with general history sites and books that explore all facets of women's history or explore the biographies of famous women. Please see a Librarian if you'd like more recommendations.
Click here to see a detailed guide to Women's History Resources from the Thrall Library.
Michelle Obama : from Chicago's South Side to the White House
Ravensbruck: life and death in hitler's concentration camp for women
by Sara Helm
A masterly and moving account of the most horrific hidden atrocity of World War II: Ravensbruck, the only Nazi concentration camp built for women.
Barbara Bush: Matriarch of a Dynasty
Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election That Changed Everything for American Women
By Rebecca Traister
A recount of a significant moment in U.S. History brings issues concerning women, gender and power to the surface.
A Few Good Women: America's Military Women from World War II to the War in Iraq
By Evelyn M. Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee
An illustrated account of the efforts and obstacles that women faced to enter in the military and the struggles and adversities they endure during war.
Don't let's go to the dogs tonight: An African Childhood
By Alexandra Fuller.
In Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, Alexandra Fuller delivers her memory of an African childhood fraught with hardship, loss, and danger. She became accustomed to armed guerrillas and landmine-littered roads; hunger, drought, and malaria were never far off; and her family was both guilty of and victim to the racism that consumed colonial Africa in the late 20th century.
Nancy: A Portrait of My Years With Nancy Reagan
By Michael K. Deaver
Notorious Victoria: The Life of Victoria Woodhull, Uncensored
By Mary Gabriel
The story of a remarkable woman who aspired to the U.S. presidency takes the reader to a journey across continents in the nineteenth century.
Spoken From the Heart
By Laura Bush
The former first lady offers an intimate look at her childhood and her eight years in the White House.
There are an overwhelming number of great web sites about women's history and current issues. The first two listings will help you get started.
Pathfinder for Women's History
The struggle for women to gain acceptance, recognition and veneration in society has been a long and lengthy process that has only begun to be appreciated in the last century. In celebration of the contributions of American women ALIC has provided a listing of historical websites relevant to women in the United States.
Women's History Month
Learn the history of women's suffrage, watch video clips, and read the firsts in women's achievements, courtesy of the History channel.
American Women Research Guide
From the Library of Congress. Described as follows: "American Women is not a collection of digital items. It is a gateway--a first stop for Library of Congress researchers working in the field of American women's history.
National Women's History Museum
Founded in 1996, the National Women's History Museum is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution dedicated to revealing, presenting, and celebrating the rich and diverse history of women's contributions that have shaped American culture and society. The Museum will be established in Washington, D.C., where the world's most prominent museums and monuments are located. See Women's History Links.
Biography.com Women's History
Within each Women's History group, meet women who have shaped our world. Watch full episodes and mini biography videos of Eleanor Roosevelt, Halle Berry, Maya Angelou, Julia Child, Catherine the Great, and many many more.
Jewish Women's Archive
The Jewish Women's Archive website includes a treasure trove of material to engage your interest and imagination - educational resources, a lively blog, weekly calendar of events in Jewish women's history, a growing collection of reminiscences of recently deceased American Jewish women, and an interactive map.
A detailed description of the diverse collection of Women's History materials on display at the New York State Museum. Well worth the visit, online or in-person.
Women's History Month Special: many historical facts, famous firsts, timelines, etc., presented in brief, quick-fact style.
The National Council of Women's Organizations
NCWO is a nonpartisan, nonprofit umbrella organization of groups that collectively represent over ten million women across the United States. Users may search for women's groups in their area.
Best of WWWomen Sites!
In an effort to increase the visibility of well done and maintained sites that are made for women, WWWomen offers an award of recognition: Best of WWWomen Site Award. "Best of WWWomen Site Awards go to those sites we feel represent the best in content, inspiration, exploration, and presentation. These sites can display our award icon [sent by WWWomen] to increase their visibility and let their users know these sites have been recognized as the best. We will also place the above icon next to your listing in our database and featured it in this special page." This site is a huge resource of links to sites you may not find elsewhere.
U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau was created by law in 1920 to formulate standards and policies to promote the welfare of wage-earning women, improve their working conditions, increase their efficiency, and advance their opportunities for profitable employment. Not as dry as it sounds. The site also includes useful information about job seeking, women's rights in the workplace, and more. This site leads to the Women's Bureau of the Department of Labor.
A&E Biography Presents: Women's History Month
- Biographies of famous women, including those in the following categories: Artists & Writers, Athletes & Adventurers, Entertainers, Leaders & Businesswomen, Reformers & Suffragists, Scientists & Educators. An image gallery, interactive game, and discussions area are also available with a special section devoted to classroom activities.
Celebrate Women's History Month (especially good for younger students!)
How much do you know about women in history? From Familyeducation.com. Quizzes, activities, and topics for kids. A great resource for teachers and parents.
Department of Defense Salutes Women's History Month
Join the Department of Defense as it observes National Women's History Month and salutes the many contributions of American Women to our country, particularly those in the armed forces. .
Join the Department of Defense as it observes National Women's History Month and salutes the many contributions of American Women to our country.
US Census: Women's History Month
Facts for Features and Special Editions consist of collections of statistics from the Census Bureau's demographic and economic subject areas intended to commemorate anniversaries or observances or to provide background information for topics in the news.
International Museum of Women
- News regarding current exhibits and activities for IMOW as well as a preview of the actual museum being built. Described as follows: "The International Museum of Women is a world-class cultural and educational institution proposed for San Francisco. Its mission is to value the lives of women around the world.
National Women's Hall of Fame
- Biographies and bibliographies pertaining to famous women inducted into this Hall of Fame. click here to for the complete list of names, which you can click to learn more about each person.
Scholastic Presents: Women's History Research Tools (great for parents and teachers)
- Information potentially useful to parents, guardians, teachers, and students. Browse by category: Women's History Resources, Civil Rights Activists, Artists, Athletes, Political Women, Journalists, Scientists, and Women in Their Own Voices.
Time Magazine Newsfile: Women's Rights History
- From Time Magazine. Features magzines covers and past articles on famous women in recent history. The complete archive of Time magazines is also available.
Women in Congress: Congresswomen's Biographies
Since 1917, when Representative Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman to serve in Congress, a total of 259 women have served as U.S. Representatives or Senators. This Web site, based on the book Women in Congress, 1917–2006, contains biographical profiles of former women Members of Congress, links to information about current women Members
Women of Influence Great for students and teachers!
Information from Factmonster.com arranged in the following categories: Women Who Left Their "Stamps" on History, Power Points, Women on Pedestals, Guide to Worldwide Goddesses, Women Political Leaders - Historical and Current, Women in the House and the Senate, Women in Congress, Female Ingenuity, Mothers of Invention, Children of Invention, Women Nobel Prize Winners, Women Pulitzer Prize Winners for Letters, Drama, and Music, Women Pulitzer Prize Winners in Journalism, Like Mother, Like Daughter, Follow in Their Footsteps, Crackerjack Kids, The National Women's Hall of Fame, Places Where Women Made History, Women's Halls Of Fame, Firsts in American Women's History, Women and Work.
Women of the Century
From Discovery.com. Described as follows: "Experience the incredible changes of the century, as we look back at the personalities, achievements, and voices that defined each decade. You'll meet some of the extraordinary women who redefined a woman's place in our nation. Then explore a visual timeline of the century, highlighting important events in the march to equality, female celebrities of the day, and the changing roles of everyday women. Finally, test your wits as you match famous words of wisdom with the women who spoke them." Another great resource for students and teachers.
Women's International Center
- Includes information in the following categories: Biographies and photos: Living Legacy Award recipients and other exceptional humanitarians, Words of Wisdom from women, History of women through art: Heroines (original paintings with documentation and description), History of women in America, Women's Resources on the Net: Reaching around the world for women, Birthdates and brief biographies.
WWW Virtual Library: Women's History
The main purposes of this virtual library are to list women's history institutions and organizations, locate archival and library collections, and provide links to Internet resources on women's history. In addition, also included are a list of women's studies journals and a few comprehensive link collections useful as a starting point for searching the Internet for women's studies in general. World-wide coverage.
list updated February 20 2013
A small selection of recent titles on a broad range of subjects related to women's history: Click on the titles to go directly to the catalog!
On the edge : the art of high impact leadership by Alison Levine. New York : Business Plus, c2014.
The girls of Atomic City : the untold story of the women who helped win World War II by Denise Kiernan. New York : Touchstone, c2013.
Mary Coin : a novel by Marisa Silver. New York : Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2013.
Georgette Heyer : biography of a bestseller by Jennifer Kloester. Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks, c2013. New Nonfiction B HEYER, GEORGETTE
Farewell, Dorothy Parker / by Ellen Meister.
New York : Putnam, 2013.
New Fiction FIC Meister, Ellen
Unsinkable : a memoir by Reynolds, Debbie. New York : William Morrow, c2013.
Of virgins and martyrs : women and sexuality in global conflict/ by David Jacobson. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013. New Nonfiction 305.409 JAC
Who says it's a man's world : the girls' guide to corporate domination by Emily Bennington. New York : AMACOM, c2013. New Nonfiction 658.409 BEN
My beloved world : a memoir by Sonia Sotomayor. New York : Knopf, 2013. New Nonfiction B SOTOMAYOR, SONIA
What my mother gave me: thirty-one women on the gifts that mattered most by Elizabeth Benedict. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Don't call me inspirational : a disabled feminist talks back by Harilyn Rousso. Philadelphia : Temple University Press, c2013. New Nonfiction 362.409 ROU
The new feminist agenda : defining the next revolution for women, work, and family by Madeleine M. Kunin. White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Pub., c2012. New Nonfiction 306.36 KUN
Polar wives : the remarkable women behind the world's most daring explorers by Kari Herbert ; foreword by Jon Bowermaster. Vancouver : Greystone Books, c2012. New Nonfiction 910.922 HER
The woman who dared to vote : the trial of Susan B. Anthony by N.E.H. Hull. Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, c2012. New Nonfiction 342.73 HUL
The good girls revolt : how the women of Newsweek sued their bosses and changed the workplaces by Lynn Povich. New York : PublicAffairs, c2012. New Nonfiction 331.481 POV
Miss representation [DVD]. New York : Virgil Films, 2012. DVD 305.24 MIS
Women, war & peace [DVD]. [Alexandria, VA] : PBS, 2011. DVD 305.42 WOM