March is Women’s History Month, and it’s a wonderful time to delve into some of the previously untold
history of the women of our world.
Did you know that recent archaeological discoveries
in the Americas have turned the ‘Man the Hunter’ assumption on its head? Or that the legend of the Amazon
warriors is based on more than myth? It may be a good time to remember that what many consider to be the first modern
novel, The Tale of Genji was written by a woman
in 11th Century Japan.
The history most of us learned in school was focused primarily on a narrow and privileged class of men and left the
vast majority of people present out of its telling. But we are an inquisitive species by nature, and our
understanding of the past is changing all the time. A growing number of researchers and thinkers from
historically-excluded groups is also helping to widen that lens.
The contributions of women around the
globe is a part of
our everyday history-in-the-making right now. To read recent accounts of the past in honor of Women’s History
Month, check out History Books By & About
Women. For ebook options on Overdrive, try Celebrating Women's History. The more you
know, the more knowledge you can share with the next generation of history-makers.
If you are looking for ways to celebrate Women’s History with the young people in your life, here are a few
Read a picture book about Inspiring BIPOC
Women or Women in the Arts and
Sciences, or choose a book of your own!
Watch a documentary or biopic about a woman or a group of women.
Visit a museum or historical site dedicated to women’s history in your hometown. For ideas here in our
city, explore this list of Things to Do for Women’s History Month from Visit Philly.
Tell stories about the women in your own family. If they are still living, you might write down a few questions
to ask them. What did they love to do? What mattered to them? What historical moments did they witness? What did
Make up the title of an unwritten women’s history book you’d like to see on the shelves. Draw the
Wishing you a wonderful Women’s History Month from Youth Services of the Free Library! How do you
celebrate? Let us know in the comments below.