March is Women’s History Month

You might have heard:  March is Women’s History Month. This year the theme is “Our History is Our Strength.”  The origin of this celebration was modest. It began in 1978 in California with the week of March 8 which was International Women’s Day. As interest and support grew, March was designated as National Women’s History Month in 1987 and has been each year since.  The Syosset Public Library currently has a display of books on the third floor. Here are some  other sources of interesting tidbits on the subject.

If you want to pursue the study of women’s contributions, the National Parks Service offers Places Where Women Made History in New York and Massachusetts. Some places mentioned include Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory where genetic scientist and Nobel laureate Barbara McClintock did research, the Barbizon Hotel where career-oriented young women lived when they flocked to NYC in the 1920s, and the Henry Street Settlement founded by Lillian Ward to address the needs of immigrants on the Lower East Side.

The Library of Congress sponsors the Veterans History Project collecting audio and video memories of veterans. You can see and hear from women veterans who served  from Korea through the Afghanistan. Another selection of stories includes women who were involved in World War II through the Persian Gulf wars.

If you want to see even more, check out a sample of online sources of exhibits and collections showing women’s contributions to arts,   literature,  politics and history.

– posted by Brenda, Reference Services

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