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Did you know that Women's History Month actually started as Women's History Week in 1982? This annual celebration commemorates and encourages the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. Some of our librarians have created created a list of their top picks in recognition of women's achievements.

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Girls Can! (2020)

by Marissa Sebastian

Girls Can! by Marissa Sebastian, et al. is an inspiring and fascinating look at the lives of women, both historical and contemporary, who have changed the world. Through their ground-breaking and precedent-setting achievements, these leaders in science, the arts, sports and more have broken barriers, smashed stereotypes and paved the way for new generations of female empowerment. Know your path, know your power. – Vicki Heller, Collection Development Librarian

Vote! : Women's Fight for Access to the Ballot Box (2020)

by Coral Celeste Frazer

This nonfiction title written for teens is packed full of information about what women faced during their battle for the right to vote, and includes information on current voter suppression issues. – Allison Riggs, Teen Librarian

History Vs Women : the Defiant Lives That They Don't Want You to Know (2018)

by Anita Sarkeesian

Get inspired by women from around the globe and through the centuries including Native American ballerinas to Egyptian scientists. Each fascinating story is accompanied by a beautiful full-color illustration of each woman. – Allison Riggs, Teen Librarian

The Penelopiad (2005)

by Margaret Atwood

Like Circe by Madeline Miller, this earlier work by Margaret Atwood is also the story of one of the principal women of Homer's Odyssey - this time Penelope, the mythologized ever-faithful wife of the hero Odysseus. Atwood gives Penelope the representation and voice she deserves - and that fans of Atwood would expect - in this thoughtful, entertaining and at times haunting reimagining. – Emily Vinci, Fiction Manager

The Emotional Load : and Other Invisible Stuff (2020)

by Emma (Illustrator)

This graphic novel is a series of visual essays about women's experiences that run the gamut from shouldering the weight of emotional labor, women's rights (or lack thereof), contraception, rape, dieting, retiring, and more. It is a poignant snapshot of women's experiences and, though the author is French and speaks of her own culture, it is quickly apparent how universal these experiences are. – Emily Vinci, Fiction Manager

Hidden Figures (2017)

by Inc Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

An outstanding film about three African-American women who played a crucial role at NASA in successfully launching astronaut John Glenn into orbit in 1962. The movie takes viewers behind the scenes to show them the many obstacles and challenges these brilliant mathematicians had to overcome to be recognized as true pioneers in their field. – Dina Ragano, Fiction Movies & Music Department Coordinator

A League of Their Own (1997)

by Columbia Pictures

With baseball season right around the corner, this is a perfect movie to fill the gap until then! It is based on the true story of an All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) that was formed during WWII. It shows the strength and resilience of not only the baseball players but every woman who stepped into new roles that were previously closed off to them. It also has an all-star roster with Geena Davis, Rosie O’Donnell, Madonna, Lori Petty, Tom Hanks and many more! By the end of this movie, you will never forget that “there’s no crying in baseball!” – Dina Ragano, Fiction Movies & Music Department Coordinator

Interested in watching more movies on this topic? Find these two movies and a few more in our Women’s History Binge Box!

Born Curious : 20 Girls Who Grew Up to Be Awesome Scientists (2020)

by Martha Freeman

An inspiring compilation of 20 magnificent and diverse women scientists. Each woman's story has 3-4 pages dedicated to her, and tells the story of her childhood years that lead to her achievements in science. Also included in each story is a quote and a fascinating fact! – Gretchen Schulz, Tween Librarian

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls : 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World (2020)

by Elena Favilli

This book, the third in a series, tells the story of 100 women who moved from one country or another, experiencing some form of immigration over the course of their lives. Each woman has two pages dedicated to her, equating to a short bedtime story to read before bed, and an illustration of her by a woman artist. Included are significant mathematicians, political scientists, lawyers, sculptors and more! – Gretchen Schulz, Tween Librarian

Standing on Her Shoulders : a Celebration of Women (2021)

by Monica Clark-Robinson

A family of Black women (two little girls, their mom, and their grandma) look at images of famous women who have contributed to women's rights over the years (Maya Angelou, Simon Biles, etc.). They discuss how each new generation stands on the shoulders and achievements of women passed, and how we have a responsibility to the women who come after us. At the end, the girls are asked, "Who will stand on your shoulders?" An inspiring love letter to women who shape women. A picture book for young readers. – Gretchen Schulz, Tween Librarian

Here Come the Girl Scouts! : the Amazing All-true Story of Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure (2012)

by Shana Corey

Who hasn’t enjoyed a box of their favorite Girl Scout Cookies? Anyone who was a Girl Scout or who is interested in groundbreaking women will be inspired by this simple picture book overview on the founder of the Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low, and how her love of the outdoors and adventure inspired her to make a difference. There are quotes from the original girl scout manual included in the text and more information at the end of the book. This is the original girl power! – Gail Tobin, Hanover Park Branch Manager

Latinitas : Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers (2021)

by Juliet Menéndez

This is a collection of short biographies of Latina women from in a variety of areas and times in history who followed their dreams. This hits the mark on several levels. Middle grade readers will be able to read about inspiring, influential women and also young Latinas will be able to read about women who look and sound like them. Appealing, colorful illustrations accompany each one-page biography. – Gail Tobin, Hanover Park Branch Manager

The Lady from the Black Lagoon : Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick (2019)

by Mallory O'Meara

A rollicking and deeply fascinating look at the life of one of Disney's first female animators and the creator of the classic Hollywood monster, before being largely erased from history. – Magan Szwarek, Reference Services Director

Yale Needs Women : How the First Group of Girls Rewrote the Rules of an Ivy League Giant (2019)

by Anne Gardiner Perkins

After 268 years, Yale University went co-ed in 1969 for surprising reasons, chief among them, demand by male students and competition with other Ivys. Higher education scholar Perkins digs deep into the multifaceted challenges faced by the initial class through the stories of five students in this lively, fascinating history. – Magan Szwarek, Reference Services Director