March 8, 2017—Did you know that today is International Women’s Day and that March is Women’s History Month?
During March, “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, 2017)
Women’s History Month began in 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 it became known as Women’s History Month. Each year Congress passes a resolution requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March as Women’s History Month.
So what roles have women played in our history? Many times we don’t really know until later. For example, the book and movie, Hidden Figures, have recently brought to light the important work of many women employed at NASA during the 20th century space race.
And here’s another influential woman you may not know about:
Jeannette was the first woman sworn into office as a member of the U.S. Congress. 2017 marks 100 years since she took office.
A pacifist and suffragist, Jeannette represented the state of Montana in two separate terms in the House of Representatives. In her own words, she was the only woman who ever voted to give women the right to vote.
You can learn more about Jeannette’s story on this Library of Congress webpage.
You can also read about her life in more detail in her biography.
There are many more women who have influenced our history. For all who are interested, the Idaho Falls Public Library has set aside a number of books on this topic. You can find displays in the children’s library and on the second floor.
For a more complete list of books on this subject, check out this list of biographies about women.
You can also learn more about Women’s History Month at womenshistorymonth.gov. This site has resources for educators as well as exhibits and information on many influential American women.
If you are looking for more information on women in history for children, check out the Honor Role of Notable Women at Scholastic.com. This roll has information about 39 women in American history with links to more information on each.
Has an influential woman played a role in your life? Please! Join in the discussion and tell us which books about influential women you would recommend!
Blackerby, C. (2017, Jan 26). Jeannette Rankins: The woman who voted to give women the right to vote. Retried from The National Archives: Pieces of History: Source
Topics in Chronicling America – Susan B. Anthony. (2017, March 8). Retrieved from The Librar of Congress Newspaper & Current Reading Room: Source
Women’s History Month. (2017, March 8). Retrieved from Women’s History Month: March is Women’s History Month: Source