Welcome to the Pratt Institute Libraries' Women's History Month guide! First nationally celebrated in 1982 as "Women's History Week," it has gradually evolved into a month-long celebration of women's contributions to history, culture, and society. This annual event creates a space of reflection for often over-looked influential figures in United States history, and looks to the struggles and achievements of women throughout history, both in the United States and around the world, to uplift and celebrate their voices.
This guide seeks to commemorate the history of all women, of all races, sexualities, and backgrounds, and to recognize the constant erasure of women with marginalized identities. Womanhood rejects any single representation, and celebrating the contributions of all women in all forms is an important step in shaping a better future. To achieve this, we have curated lists of eBooks, print books, streaming videos, special collection materials and virtual resources and events. We hope you enjoy exploring this guide!
In recognition of the hundred-year-anniversary of the 19th amendment in 2020, the National Women's History Alliance have chosen "Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silenced" as the theme of the 2021 Women's History Month. To look at why, you can read their statement below:
However, the fight for women's suffrage didn't end with the passing of the 19th amendment, and so many incredible activists continued to fight for the rights of women who were excluded. Women like Ida B. Wells, Nannie Helen Burroughs and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper were integral to the passing of the amendment, and continued their work in activism long afterwards.