Women’s History Month

Kate Brown, Governor of Oregon

Kate Brown, current governor of the state of Oregon.

March is Women’s History Month, a celebration of women’s contributions to our country, culture, science and society. The United States has observed it annually since 1987.

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A history of U.S. feminisms
by Rory Cooke Dicker (2008)
Through women’s eyes: An American history with documents
by DuBois, Ellen Carol (2009)
The women’s liberation movement in America
by Sylvia Engdahl (2012)

Recommended books in PCC Library

Grace and grit: my fight for equal pay and fairness at Goodyear and beyond
by Lilly M. Ledbetter & Lanier Scott Isom (2012)
Half the sky: turning oppression into opportunity for women worldwide
Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn (2009)
My beloved world
by Sonia Sotomayor (2013)
Voices: the pioneering spirit of women in Jordan
by Jacky Sawalha (2012)
Pushback: how smart women ask — and stand up – for what they want
by Selena Rezvani (2012)
The richer sex: how the new majority of female breadwinners is transforming sex, love, and family
by Liza Mundy (2012)
War of the sexes: how conflict and cooperation have shaped men and women from prehistory to the present
by Paul Seabright (2012)
The Woman in the mirror: how to stop confusing what you look like with who you are
by Cynthia M. Bulik (2012)

Recommended videos in PCC Library

The invisible war (2012)
An investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military.
Miss representation (2012)
Discusses ways in which the media openly degrades women, featuring commentary from many influential women in media and politics.
W.A.R.: !women art revolution (2012)
Illuminates the history of feminist art through conversations, observations, archival footage, and works of visionary artists, historians, curators, and critics.

Related research guide

Women’s Studies

Related websites

American Memory – American Women
This Library of Congress page contains documents and images related to U.S. women’s history and special exhibits including “Women of Protest” and “Women Come to the Front: Journalists, Photographers, and Broadcasters During WWII.”
Century of Action: Oregon Women Vote 1912-2012M
This page celebrates 100 years of Oregon women’s right to vote and advances the understanding of women’s citizenship in Oregon’s history. Interviews, essays, and historical documents are linked to this site.
Gifts of Speech
Selected women’s speeches from around the world, 1848 to the present.
National Women’s History Museum
This site’s cyber museum presents online exhibits about U.S. women’s history including women reform leaders, women who ran for President, Chinese American women, early Jewish American women, and African American women.
Women at War
Hosted by the Library of Congress, this digital collection includes photographs, interviews, letters, and personal recollections from women who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf.
WomenWatch: The UN Gateway to the Advancement and Empowerment of Women
Information and resources on gender equality and empowerment of women.

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