Women’s History Month
March is Women’s History Month, a time to recognize, celebrate, honor and encourage the study of the contributions and achievements of women in history. We’re celebrating all month with programs, activity ideas, and resources for all ages, including live virtual programming, booklists, and digital resources. In addition, we are highlighting incredible women in history and their amazing, but sometimes unknown, contributions to their communities and the world.
The first Women’s History Week occurred March 1978 in Sonoma County, California. Noticing the program’s success, other communities across the country initiated their own Women’s History Week. The National Women’s History Project, now known as the National Women’s History Alliance, and other likeminded organizations successfully lobbied the federal government for national recognition of Women’s History Week in 1980. In February of that year, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8, 1980 as National Women’s History Week (March 8 is International Women’s History Day). President Ronald Reagan passed further proclamations announcing Women’s History Weeks, but by then some areas had already extended their celebrations to a month. The Women’s National History Project lobbied for a longer observation, and Congress passed a proclamation in 1987 establishing Women’s History Month.
Friday, Mar 11, 11 am
Smarty Pants Storytime: Women’s History Month
Learn about amazing women from history and today through books, songs, rhymes, and movement activities while learning school readiness skills and having fun. For kids ages 2 – 5 with their parent or caregiver.
Tuesday, Mar 22, 4 pm
Women in Comics
Renowned comic book guru Scott “Diablo” Marcano discusses the history of female comic artists and their works, the evolution of iconic characters, the changing role of women in the industry, and how girls can get started in the arts. For adults.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the ratification and adoption of the 19th Amendment in August 1920, which granted women the right to vote, we made available special edition 19th Centennial Cards in March 2020.
Despite its passage, many women of color were barred from voting for decades through racial discrimination and intimidation. To honor the ongoing work toward achieving equity, we partnered with the Department of Arts and Culture to make special edition library featuring commemorative artworks.
To learn more about the library cards, visit our 19th Amendment Centennial page.
To pick up a new library card or upgrade your existing card for free, visit your local LA County Library location.