Women's History Month

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March is Women’s History Month. This month we commemorate the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.

Women are smart, brave, cunning, imaginative, analytical, athletic, fierce, industrious, opinionated, rebellious, studious, confident, diplomatic, adventurous, ambitious, courageous, diligent, inventive, persistent, resourceful, and independent. Women are all of these things and so much more. Here are a few women who influenced American history and how they left their mark on our society.

  • Louisa May Alcott was a writer, famous for her book “Little Women.”
  • Susan B. Anthony was an activist who played a crucial role in the women’s suffrage movement.
  • Clara Barton was a nurse during the Civil war and founder of the American Red Cross.
  • Nellie Bly was a journalist who pioneered a new kind of investigative writing. She is also well-known for traveling the globe by ship in 72 days.
  • Amelia Earhart was the first female aviator to fly across the Atlantic Ocean solo.
  • Jessie Benton Freemont was a writer and political activist who wrote about her and husband’s journey westward.
  • Marguerite Higgins was a reporter and war correspondent during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. In 1951, she was the first woman awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Foreign Correspondence.
  • Grace Hopper was a computer scientist and Navy rear admiral who helped create programs for the first computers.
  • Julia Ward Howe was an author and social activist, who is most famous for writing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
  • Harriet Jacobs was a writer who published “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl,” which was the first book to highlight the issues of rape and sexual abuse within slavery.
  • Barbara Jordan was a lawyer, educator, politician, and civil rights leader. She served as the first southern African-American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Coretta Scott King was the wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and played a crucial role in preserving the legacy of Dr. King. She also founded the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change and lobbied for Dr. King’s birthday to be recognized as a federal holiday.
  • Clare Booth Luce was an author, a politician, and was the first woman appointed to an U.S. Ambassador position abroad.
  • Sandra Day O’Connor was a lawyer and judge who became the first female justice on the Supreme Court.

These are just a few stories of the amazing women in our history. This month, honor the perseverance and legacy of these historical women, who paved the way for innovation today. You can discover more stories here at the Cape Girardeau Public Library through our many online resources, as well as our onsite print, audio, and visual materials. Our online research tools include Academic Search Elite, EBSCOhost, ERIC, Explora, MasterFILE Premier, Primary Search and much more. Use these resources to complete your own research on influential women throughout history.

Additionally, check out the list of titles below. These items focus on women important to our history and culture. Discover true stories of women suffragists, pioneers, inventors, leaders, writers, scientists, spies, and more!

For more information about Women’s History Month, please visit https://womenshistorymonth.gov.

Happy reading!

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