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Celebrate Women's History

02/25/2021 | History, What We're Reading

In 1987, Congress declared March National Women’s History Month. The time is set aside to shine light on unnoticed contributions and unrecognized accomplishments, to uncover untold stories, and to learn how perseverance, strength, and persistence prevailed in the face of targeted discrimination. In spite of centuries of obstacles women have made a profound impact on history and continue to shape contemporary society.

The books, videos, and online resources below provide an engaging look back at the women who have come before, women today, and a hopeful look forward to the possibilities of the female changemakers, heroes, and leaders to come.

Websites & Online Portals

If you only have a minute or if you have the whole month, you can read, watch, or listen to fascinating stories about American women online.

Women's History Minute Videos
These quick looks at history are perfect for learning about some exceptional women in a small amount of time. #KnowHerStory is hosted by The National Women's History Museum. If you have a little more time don't miss their Rosie the Riveter Oral Histories.

This is an online collection from the Smithsonian that includes stories and objects from women who have shaped America. Explore the online collection of artifacts and then read the stories about why the objects are significant.

This video collection honors the centennial of women's suffrage in 2020. It highlights 26 little-known barrier breaking women diverse in profession, race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, and gender expression.

Girlhood (It’s complicated)
This website is a unique look at women's history from the perspective of young girls from The National Museum of American History. It explores the concept of girlhood and how girls have changed history.

Celebrating Women's History Month
The National Poetry Foundation provides this opportunity to read poems that explore women’s history and women’s rights by several female writing icons.


The staff at IndyPL create booklists all year to help readers find just the right book. From female entrepreneurs to politicians to information about women's heart health, here is a compilation of several booklists with recommendations ranging over history.

Women's History Book Covers

Looking for resources for kids? See Read Right Now! Trailblazing Women which includes more than a dozen online storytime readings of picture book biographies of notable women.

e-Books & Streaming

Several of our e-book and streaming platforms have collections specifically about women.

You can download e-books or audiobooks, stream films, documentaries, and television shows free with your IndyPL library card. Detailed information about each of our services is available on our download and stream page. If you have never used our streaming services before, directions are available:

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