Women’s History Month

Check out the Library of Congress Web site for Women’s History Month for some great resources: http://www.loc.gov/topics/womenshistory/

Info from the site:

Welcome from the Librarian of Congress

For more than 200 years, the Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, has been gathering materials necessary to tell the stories of women in America. The Jefferson Building itself is adorned with ornate imagery of women. There is the image from the top of the dome in the Main Reading Room featuring the female form of Human Understanding lifting the veil of ignorance. There is also the Great Hall mosaic of Minerva, Goddess of Wisdom and Learning, setting aside her armor to contemplate such civilized pursuits as art, science, labor and law, all of which are intrinsic to the Library’s mission of sparking and preserving knowledge and creativity.

As a leading resource for the study of women’s history, the Library holds such gems as the Katherine Dunham Collection, manuscripts of several Zora Neale Hurston plays and scrapbooks from the National American Woman Suffrage Association.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Library has developed this new Web site highlighting the many resources on women’s history and culture available from our extensive online collections.

This annual celebration is one of the ways in which the Library heightens awareness and recognizes the contributions of women to our society and nation. This year’s theme, “Generations of Women Moving History Forward,” honors those whose intelligence, talent, courage and tenacity testify to the myriad ways that women have moved history forward.

On behalf of the dedicated Library of Congress staff, I invite you to the Library in Washington, D.C., for a series of special events related to the celebration of Women’s History Month, including a keynote presentation by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) on March 14, 2007.

The Library’s month-long celebration will help demonstrate how American women from all walks of life have made historic contributions to the growth and strength of our nation in countless ways.

James H. Billington
Librarian of Congress


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