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Women's History Month

This guide serves as an introduction to library resources and information in celebration of Women's History Month.

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Women's History Month

 March is Women's History Month, an annual celebration that highlights the struggles and achievements of American women throughout the history of the United States. Women's History Month had its origins in 1981 as "Women's History Week." In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women's History Project, Congress designated March 1987 as "Women's History Month." Since then Congress has authorized the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. This guide provides a sampling of the wide variety of materials the Consortium Library has on women's history.

For more information or for help in locating materials, please contact a librarian.

2024 National Women's History Month Theme

2024 National Women's History Month logo features white text on a multi-color circular background. Text reads "Women who advocate for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion."

The National Women’s History Month’s theme for 2024 celebrates “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.” The theme recognizes women throughout the country who understand that, for a positive future, we need to eliminate bias and discrimination entirely from our lives and institutions.

"Today, equity, diversity and inclusion are powerful driving forces that are having a wide-ranging impact on our country. As members of families, civic and community groups, businesses and legislative bodies, women are in the forefront of reevaluating the status quo. They are looking anew at what harmful social policies and behaviors exist and, often subtly, determine our future. In response, women in communities across the nation are helping to develop innovative programs and projects within corporations, the military, federal agencies and educational organizations to address these injustices.

It takes courage for women to advocate for practical goals like equity, diversity and inclusion when established forces aim to misinterpret, exploit or discredit them. Throughout 2024, we honor local women from the past and present who have taken the lead to show the importance of change and to establish firmer safeguards, practices and legislation reflecting these values. Following decades of discrimination, we are proud to celebrate women who work for basic inclusion, equality and fairness."

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