Women's History Month

Sonia Maria Sotomayor

Sonia Maria Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, is the first Hispanic Justice and one of four women to serve on the Supreme Court.

During the month of March, the library recognizes the contributions and impact women have made throughout history--in the political arena, in the arts and sciences, in sports and in social reform. Extraordinary women have fought hard for women's equal rights and have added value and dimension to our lives. Martha Carey Thomas, suffragist and president of Bryn Mawr College sums it up nicely when she says, "Women are one-half of the world, but until a century ago it was a man's world. Now women have a right to higher education and economic independence."

Want more background information? Try these items:

A history of U.S. feminisms
by Rory Cooke Dicker (2008)
The women's liberation movement in America
by Sylvia Engdahl (2012)

Current 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

Oregon related websites

Century of Action: Oregon Women Vote 1912-2012
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 Interviews, essays, and historical documents are linked to this site.
Women’s History in Oregon
Published by the Oregon Historical Society, this page contains links to primary documents and summaries of important issues, events and people in the history of women in Oregon.

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."
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.
Women's History Month - Biographies
Short biographies of famous women, provided by Gale Cengage Learning.