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Women's History Month


In honor of Women's History Month, each March, NYPL librarians present a monthlong series of posts highlighting the many amazing women they've discovered through the print and online resources of The New York Public Library.

Our Favorite Female Characters

We asked our staff about their favorite female characters. Here are some they highly recommend for kids, teens and adults alike.

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Remembering the Women of Slavery

The Director of the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture shares her keynote address to the UN General Assembly on Women and Slavery.Read More ›

Madame du Châtelet and Fighting the Invincible Force

Madame du Châtelet was a French noblewoman of the Enlightenment who came from a wealthy family, married into a position of prominence, raised several children, and studied as a member of the Republic of Letters. However, in her native France, the Academy of Sciences, universities, and many intellectual gatherings excluded women. She was forced to pursue a path of independent study.Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Secret History of Wonder Woman, Part 4

Critical reception and further reading from the author, Jill Lepore.Read More ›

Learn How NYC Women Continue to Make History with the Community Oral History Project

March is Women’s History Month, a time when we pay special tribute to women whose contributions to society have proved invaluable. Find out how four extraordinary New York City women are currently making history in their local neighborhoods in these oral histories recently compiled and collected as part of our Community Oral History Project.Read More ›

16 Powerful Quotes About What It Means to Be a Woman

Women are some of our favorite writers, most intelligent voices, and incredible innovators. Women have helped us think more deeply through issues about which we're passionate, and women have made our world a better place to be human. Read More ›

We Are Warriors: Biographies of Brave Women

It is March and we are again celebrating Women’s History Month. One of our bravest and most beautiful writers (who is also a woman) once wrote: “You may write me down in history / With your bitter, twisted lies, / You may trod me in the very dirt / But still, like dust, I’ll rise.” Here are the titles of biographies of brave warriors (who are also women.)Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Secret History of Wonder Woman, Part 2

The outfits, accessories, and weaponry of our wonderful superheroine.Read More ›

7 Amazing Facts and Books About Female Science Pioneers

Although it's true that women are underrepresented in STEM fields, female scientists have been making breakthroughs for centuries. Here are some facts you may not have known about incredible female scientists—and the books about them that you must read.Read More ›

Feminism Unfinished

Here are some titles to help us all consider both how far we have come and how far we have to go.Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Secret History of Wonder Woman, Part 1

Welcome to the March 2015 Reader's Den! This month we'll be reading The Secret History of Wonder Woman by feminist historian Jill Lepore. Lepore details the life story of Wonder Woman's creator, William Moulton Marston.Read More ›

Girl Power: Books for Bold Women

Smart, strong women deserve books filled with smart, strong female characters. Luckily, there are many books with protagonists who speak out for justice, make courageous choices, and know that womanhood is beautiful. Read More ›

Modern-Day Slavery: Stories about Human Sex Trafficking and Comfort Women

During World War II, when the Japanese invaded and occupied Shanghai, Nanjing and other coastal cities of eastern China, they looted, intimidated, and massacred millions of people to prove their imperial strength and mercilessness. Many children and women were raped and killed during the invasion; towns were burned to crisp and lives were forever changed and destroyed.

Five years ago, my parents told me that my grandmother had endured such a horrific event when she was in Fuzhou, the 

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La veuve Boivin: A Woman at the Beginning of the Music Publishing Industry

Consider this a late contribution to this year's Womens' History Month.

When most people think of the involvement of women in music they probably think of performers or composers. To be sure, women performers have been at the forefront of music for centuries, and in recent years awareness of women composers has grown enormously, particularly with those from the twentieth century. But there is at least one other music-related field in which women have made a significant mark: publishing.

Between the seventeen-century to the middle of the nineteenth-century, 

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Novedades de Marzo 2013: ¡Celebra el Mes de la Historia de la Mujer!

Marzo es el Mes de la Historia de la Mujer. El lema de este año es: "Mujeres que inspiran innovación a través de la imaginación: Celebrando a las Mujeres en el ámbito de la Ciencia, Tecnología, Ingeniería y Matemáticas" (National Women’s History Project).

En conmemoración, ofrecemos esta breve selección de obras 

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Celebrating Women's History Month (Pt. 2) - Top 10 Women Authors of My Misspent Literary Youth

March Story Time for Grown-Ups featured stories by Dorothy Parker to celebrate Women's History Month, as discussed in my previous blog post. During March, a lot of women's history-related lists were posted on the web:

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Who's that Girl? Books for Kids About Notable Women

One of the reasons we honor Women's History Month is to celebrate the women whose accomplishments history may have overlooked. Below you'll find recommendations for books in our collections about some of these women and their contributions to society. Additions are always welcome!

We may know a thing or two about Marie Curie's interest in radium or Rachel Carson's disdain for DDT, but did you know that for the 

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Celebrating Women's History Month (Part 1) — Dorothy Parker: New York Writer, New York Woman

In honor of Women's History Month, the theme for the March schedule of Mixed Bag: Story Time for Grown-Ups is "Dorothy Parker: New York Writer, New York Woman." Dorothy Parker, nee Rothschild, (1893-1967) was an American poet, short story writer, critic, and a native New 

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The Pompadour's Book: A Mystery Manuscript Owned by Madame de Pompadour

It's a small volume, neatly but unostentatiously bound in mottled calf. The gilt ornamentation is discreet, except for an impressive coat of arms on both boards. That becomes even more impressive when we identify it as the blazon of one of the standout personalities of 18th-century France, Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, marquise de Pompadour — elevated from her haute-bourgeois background and a boring union with a certain M. Lenormand d'Étioles (nephew of her mother's lover) to become the official maîtresse-en-titre to 

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Women's and Gender Studies: A Research Guide

March is Women's History Month. This year, the theme of Women's History Month is Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. This blog post will explore how one can conduct research in women's and gender studies and history.

The research collections of The 

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