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Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month and is defined by the Law Library of Congress as a month that "honors and celebrates the struggles and achievements of American women throughout the history of the United States. American women have struggled throughout our history to gain rights not simply for themselves but for many other under represented and disenfranchised groups in America." For legislation, Presidential Proclamations, and Executive Orders pertaining to this commemoration, visit the Law Library of Congress' Women’s History Month: A Commemorative Observances Legal Research Guide.

Women's History Month: How it was born and why it's observed in March

Remember The Ladies: The Importance of Women's History

Now Streaming- Daring Women Doctors: Physicians in the 19th Century

Daring Women Doctors

At this crucial time when women physicians and nurses are contributing significantly to our community’s health, this documentary provides a look at the challenging and illuminating history of 19th century women doctors. Hidden in American history, all-women’s medical schools began to appear in the mid-19th century long before women had the right to vote or own property. 

2020- 54 minutes-CC-TV-PG

Current SJR State students and employees can stream this film free on the Kanopy platform.

Online Resources

The National Women's History Museum  Women's contributions and accomplishments for the most part have been overlooked and consequently omitted from mainstream culture. The National Women's History Museum helps fill that void. Rather than rewriting current exhibitions at other history museums or having to decide what to omit elsewhere to "fit in" women's history, the Museum serves to place women's history along side current historical exhibitions. Women's history isn't meant to rewrite history. The objective is to promote scholarship and expand our knowledge of American history."

Because of HER Story  A project of the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative "to create, disseminate, and amplify the historical record of the accomplishments of American women" in order to "create a more equitable and just American society."

This Is How March Became Women's History Month from Time magazine

Women's History in Florida  A collection of resources selected by the State Library of Florida

Women’s History Month at the State Library and Archives of Florida  Resources in the Florida Memory Project

Women's History resources in the National Archives

Women's History 

Online Exhibits

Pathways to Equality: The U.S. Women's Rights Movement Emerges

National Women's Hall of Fame

Women Making History: How they Shaped our World to Inspire our Future

A Guide to Women's History Collections at the State Archives of Florida