March 1 – 31, 2023
Hoboken Public Library honors and celebrates Women’s History with a diverse array of programs for all ages! The Women’s History Month theme for 2023 is Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.
For a complete list of all Women’s History Month events happening at HPL, please click here.
Browse our Women’s History Month Reading List, a curated guide to fiction and nonfiction titles for adults, teens, and children.
History of Women’s History Month
Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.”
In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”
These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields.
Works Cited: womenshistorymonth.gov
- Women’s History Month – Free online events and resources from the Smithsonian, Library of Congress, National Archives, and more.
- American Women: A Guide to Women’s History from the Library of Congress – A major new online research guide highlights hundreds of sources that tell the stories of women through a wide variety of perspectives and media in the Library of Congress collections.
- National Museum of American History: Girlhood (It’s complicated) – Girlhood (It’s complicated) commemorates the anniversary of woman suffrage by exploring the concept of girlhood in the United States, but also how girls changed history in five areas: politics, education, work, health, and fashion.
- National Women’s History Museum – NWHM is an innovative online museum dedicated to uncovering, interpreting, and celebrating women’s diverse contributions to society.
Updated 3/2/2023 – AB
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