Digital Library of the Week: Women’s History Month

To start off the celebration of women during the month of March, let’s look at some general resources on the history of women. First up is the National Women’s History Museum. Currently, there is no physical location for the museum – check out the section Building the Museum to learn about the process of developing the first national museum dedicated exclusively to the history of women. There are terrific online exhibits; the latest addition is Women in Early Film. The website also offers women’s biographies and notable quotes by women, plus even more!

Women Athlete Swimmers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives
Women Athlete Swimmers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives

Another great digital resource is Discovering American Women’s History Online, provided by the Walker Library of Middle Tennessee State University. This database catalogs primary sources such as diaries, photographs, scrapbooks, and interviews, from hundreds of online collections focused on historical life in the United States for women.

Finally, Encyclopedia Britannica has created 300 Women Who Changed the World. This is the place to find excellent biographies on women from Saint Joan of Arc to Madonna! They also have a timeline and plenty of videos.

As always, don’t forget the UArts Libraries! The Greenfield Library Reference collection has many introductory resources on women’s history including Women in the World: An International Atlas and Herstory: Women Who Changed the World. Stop by the Greenfield Library to see these texts, and more from our Reference collection, on display throughout the month of March.

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