March is Women’s History Month! Indeed, the end of the month is nearing, but it isn’t too late to honor the women in your lives: mothers, sisters, wives, teachers and those women today, and in history, who followed their hearts and dreams, took risks, stood up against injustices and fought for the freedoms and rights that some of us benefit from today.
Every year there is a different theme for the month-long celebration of Women’s History Month. The 2015 theme is “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.” According to the National Women’s History Month organizers, this theme “presents the opportunity to weave women’s stories – individually and collectively – into the essential fabric our nation’s history.” They say,
Accounts of the lives individual women are critically important because they reveal exceptionally strong role models who share a more expansive vision of what a woman can do. The stories of women’s lives, and the choices they made, encourage girls and young women to think larger and bolder, and give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience. Knowing women’s achievements challenges stereotypes and upends social assumptions about who women are and what women can accomplish today. There is a real power in hearing women’s stories, both personally and in a larger context. Remembering and recounting tales of our ancestors’ talents, sacrifices, and commitments inspires today’s generations and opens the way to the future.
If you would like more information about Women’s History Month, you can visit the official government webpage.
If you are looking for academic resources on Women’s History Month, try Discovering American Women’s History Online, which includes digital collections of primary sources. The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) has online exhibits, biographies, lesson plans for educators, videos and lecture series. The Jewish Women’s Archive (JWA) has an online Encyclopedia of Jewish women, online exhibits, book and film guides, and a growing collection of reminiscences of recently deceased Jewish women.
And don’t forget Touro College Library resources! Check out our Jewish Women & Women in History and Humanities Research Guide, library databases such as Credo Reference for general reference, quotations and bibliographical information, or search the library catalog for books, ebooks, periodicals, dvds, and streaming video on your topic related to women or women’s history. Happy Women’s History Month from the Library to you!
Contributed by: Caitlin Bernstein, Librarian, Midwood