National Women’s History Month

In the United States, Women’s History Month traces its beginnings to the first International Women’s Day in 1911 and has become an annually declared month worldwide that highlights contributions of women to history and contemporary societies.

This year’s theme, Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment, honors the extraordinary and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of women. Against social convention and often legal restraints, women have created a legacy that expands the frontiers of possibility for generations to come. They have demonstrated their character, courage and commitment as mothers, educators, institution builders, business, labor, political and community leaders, relief workers, women religious, and CEOs. Their lives and their work inspire girls and women to achieve their full potential and encourage boys and men to respect the diversity and depth of women’s experience. – See more at:

The Calvin T. Ryan Library has many resources available in print and online for use to research this topic.  Samples of resources available through the UNK Library website include:

Change is possible: stories of women and minorities in mathematics, by Patricia Clark Kenschaft
The Equal Rights Amendment: Guaranteeing equal rights for women under the Constitution
Women in science: career processes and outcomes, by Yu Xie
Women in science: then and now, by Vivian Gornick

Online teaching resources:

Time: For Kids
Women’s History Month, Grades K-5
Women’s History Teaching Resources
Women’s History Timeline
Women of our time: portraits from the National Portrait Gallery

Web Resources:

Encyclopedia Britannica – 300 Women Who Changed the World
Library Of Congress Website On “Women’s History Month”
Partners /Theme / Honores – National Women’s History Project

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