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Women’s History Month

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

The National Women’s Alliance designates a yearly theme for Women’s History Month. The 2023 theme is “Celebrating Women Who Tell Out Stories.” This theme will “encourage recognition of women, past and present, who have been active in all forms of media and storytelling including print, radio, TV, stage, screen, blogs, podcasts, and more. The timely theme honors women in every community who have devoted their lives and talents to producing art, pursuing truth, and reflecting the human condition decade after decade.”

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Why March is National Women’s History Month
From the National Women’s History Alliance.

The Practices of U.S. Women’s History Narratives, Intersections, and Dialogues
Edited by S. Jay Kleinberg, Eileen Boris, Vicki L. Ruiz.

Women’s History Month
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.

Women’s History Month 2023
From the History Channel.

PCC related

PCC Women’s Resource Centers
The Portland Community College Women’s Resource Centers (WRC) apply the principles of intersectional, multicultural feminism to resist and dismantle sexism, racism, and other forms of oppression in order to support the success of women students at PCC

Recommended PCC Library streaming videos

Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice
This video documents the dramatic life and turbulent times of the pioneering African American Journalist, activist, suffragist and anti-lynching crusader of the post-Reconstruction period.

Miss Representation
Discusses ways in which the media openly degrades women, featuring commentary from many influential women in media and politics.

The Fight for Women’s Rights
This PBS video follows two women as they search for friends who fought for equal rights and inspired them to achieve their dreams and join a movement.

Recommended websites

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’s History Month Classroom Resources
From PBS, this site has award-winning films and accompanying curriculum resources about girls and women from around the world.

WomenWatch: The UN Gateway to the Advancement and Empowerment of Women
Information and resources on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Women Who Shaped America, in Photographs
From ARTstor, this is an extensive photographic archive documenting the experiences of women who have shaped America.