Women’s History Month is an annual celebration held from March 1 – March 31. This month-long observance originally began as a weeklong celebration during the week of March 8, until the National Women’s History Project petitioned for the celebration to be the entire month of March. The week of March 8 was selected for the weeklong celebration as this is International Women’s Day, a day sponsored by the United Nations since 1975. Since 1987, the US has been observing March as Women’s History Month. This month is dedicated to highlighting the many contributions that women from all walks of life have had to the history of the United States and society.

Each year the National Women’s History Alliance selects a theme, that they feel highlights the current times. This year’s theme is “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.” The theme was selected as it is “both a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history.” Regardless of race, job title, or any other characterizing word that women may be described as, they all have served as caregivers to those who need them whether it be by giving a helping hand or just uplifting someone who needs it.

Sources: National Women’s History Alliance   History.com   National Women’s History Museum

Women’s History Month

Week 1: March 1 - March 6

Tuesday, March 1 at 10 a.m. The Fight for the Equal Rights Amendment

Join us to outline the struggle for women to gain an Equal Rights Amendment to the constitution, why we never got one, and what we can do today to move it forward.

Saturday, March 5 at 2 p.m. A Woman of Influence – Kamala Harris

Join us to highlight the most pivotal points in the life of Vice President Kamala Harris.

Saturday, March 5 at 2 p.m. Who’s That Girl: Fun With Women’s History

Come play a Guess Who game to learn interesting facts about Women’s History and even create your own Guess Who card!

Week 2: March 7 - March 13

Tuesday, March 8 at 10 a.m. Tales From Another Page: The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu

Join us to examine Murasaki Shikibu’s The Tale Of Genji, a landmark of Japanese literature and one of the first novels ever written.

Tuesday, March 8 at 10:30 a.m. Second Time Around Book Club

Read a book you may have missed, or read a book again. March’s book is Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen.

Tuesday, March 8 at 2 p.m. Be Your Own Protagonist

Join us to will discuss famous female protagonists and how their inspiring acts can help you build powerful leadership skills.

Wednesday, March 9 at 5:30 p.m. Coding Challenge: Ada’s Poetry Generator

Join us to practice your coding skills as we create a self-generating poem inspired by Ada Lovelace.

Thursday, March 10 at 10 a.m. Women’s History Through the Lens

This virtual program will feature six, women-led films available on our digital resource Kanopy.

Thursday, March 10 at 10:30 a.m. Preschool Storytime

Join us for special stories and activities that focus on Women’s History Month for the whole family!

Thursday, March 10 at 5 p.m. Women Rock the Vote

Join us to celebrate International Women’s Day, Women’s History Month, and the 102nd anniversary of the 19th Amendment. We will be talking about the women who began and have continued the struggle to ensure voting rights for all.

Week 3: March 14 - March 20

Monday, March 14 at 12 p.m. LGBTQIA+: Heroes, Icons, Legends, and Events

Join us to celebrate Women’s History Month with a presentation on LGBTQIA+ history through various trailblazers and important events.

Tuesday, March 15 at 12 p.m. Intro to Ancestry: Finding Your Female Ancestors

Join us to celebrate Women’s History Month with an introduction to Ancestry and tips for researching the women in your family.

Tuesday, March 15 at 12 p.m. Small Biz Series: Empowering Women Entrepreneurs

Join us to celebrate Women’s History Month by starting or expanding your small business! Women-owned businesses are growing at a rapid rate and have become a vital sector of the economy.

Tuesday, March 15 at 5 p.m. American Women Cartoonists: Platinum Age, 1897 – 1937

Join us to celebrate Women’s History Month by taking a look at some of the earliest contributions of American women illustrators to comic strips and cartoons.

Tuesday, March 15 at 7 p.m. ATL Reads Virtual Book Club

Join us to celebrate Women’s History Month with this book club that meets monthly on the third Tuesday of each month. For the month of March, we will be discussing Mother May I, a novel by Joshilyn Jackson.

Thursday, March 17 at 3:30 p.m. Book Club with Becca

Join us to celebrate Women’s History Month with a discussion on Infinite Country by Patricia Engel.

Saturday, March 19 at 11 a.m. Women’s History Month: Mae Among the Stars

Join us to celebrate Women’s History Month by learning about the first black female in space, Dr. Mae Jemison! We’ll learn about her life and explore how space rockets work.

Week 4: March 21 - March 27

Monday, March 21 at 5 p.m. Curious Minds: Women’s History Month

Join us to celebrate Women’s History Month by learning about Patricia Bath and how she helped develop cataract surgery.

Wednesday, March 23 at 7 p.m. Women in Personal Finance

Join us to celebrate Women’s History Month by discussing women throughout history that have been leading voices in financial education and financial literacy.

This program will be held virtually.

Thursday, March 24 at 6 p.m. Great Women in History Team Trivia

Join us to celebrate Women’s History Month by discussing women throughout history that have been leading voices in financial education and financial literacy.

This program will be held at the Norcross Branch.

Saturday, March 26 at 2 p.m. Picturing Women Investors

Join us to learn about women inventors past and present to celebrate Women’s History Month.

This program will be held at the Lilburn Branch.

Week 5: March 28 - March 31

Monday, March 28 at 12 p.m. Women Educators

Join us to celebrate Women’s History Month with a documentary featuring women in education from our very own Gwinnett County!

Tuesday, March 29 at 6 p.m. Pajama Storytime: Women’s History Month

Join us for a special evening storytime to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of women throughout history.

Wednesday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m. Conversations with Inspiring Women

Join us for a special panel of inspirational women, who will share their experiences in overcoming challenges to emerge as leaders in their communities and professions.

Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m. Meet the Author: Myriam J.A. Chancy

Join GCPL as author Myriam J. A. Chancy discusses the moving stories of survivors of the 2010 Haitian earthquake in her new novel, What Storm, What Thunder.