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Celebrating Women’s History Month

Celebrating Women’s History Month

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Women’s History Month

History

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.

View a selection of Presidential proclamations and legislative Branch Documents associated with Women’s History Month at the Library of Congress.

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Virtual Programming

Thursday, Mar 4, 4 pm
Author Talk with Angela Joy
Author Angela Joy will read and discuss her book, Black is a Rainbow Color, a story about a child reflecting on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on. For a general audience.
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Friday, Mar 5, 4 pm
Creative Storytelling Workshop: Female Artists
A live story reading of The Flying Girl: How Aida de Acosta Learned to Soar will be brought to life through a variety of expressive art activities based on the artist Allison Saar, led by a LACMA Teaching Artist. For kids.
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Friday, Mar 19, 4 pm
Creative Storytelling Workshop: Female Artists
A live story reading of Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire will be brought to life through a variety of expressive art activities based on the artist Karen Koblitz, led by a LACMA Teaching Artist. For kids.
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19th Amendment Centennial Library Cards

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification and adoption of the 19th Amendment in August 1920, which granted women the right to vote. Despite its passage, many women of color were barred from voting for decades through racial discrimination and intimidation. To honor this centennial and 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 any of our Sidewalk Service libraries.

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