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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.

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 Yorker. She is best remembered for her 

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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 

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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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Women's History Month: Career Resources for Women

March is declared worldwide as Women’s History Month. It celebrates women’s triumphs and successes in history and contemporary society. The United States has observed it annually for the entire month of March since 1987. You can learn more about Women's History Month from the Library of Congress.

In celebrating Women’s History Month, Job Search Central presents Career Resources for Women. The following list of resources includes job listings, internships, and 

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WOW in Celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage

WOW @ The Library presents a selection of recent fiction and nonfiction titles for adults and young adults portraying the incredible life stories, struggles, and strengths of remarkable women in celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in May.


The Breadwinner Trilogy By Deborah Ellis

After her father’s unjust arrest, young Parvana did 

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WOW: A Poetry Celebration

WOW @ The Library: Celebrating a Centennial of Women’s Poetry

April is poetry month! “What is poetry?.” Is poetry perhaps a garden of expressions blooming in the light of thoughtful thoughts? Wonderful words dancing to the rhythm of rhymes? or Sweet tweets that spring from swayable heartbeats? 

According to

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Language and Gender: A Reading List

It is well documented that men and women have different styles of speaking and interacting, from conversations to their storytelling styles. Here are some suggestions for further reading that you can check out to explore this topic.Read More ›

How to Research a Report for Women's History Month

Okay, so it's March 2nd and you need to do a report on a famous woman for Woman's History month.  Who do you pick and where do you start? 

The best way to pick a famous woman is to think about your interests.  When you write about a subject that you are interested in, it just comes out sounding more convincing, and instead of being just another assignment, you might really enjoy doing your homework!

Let's get started.  Do you especially love sports?  If you do, you might think about the sport you like best.  For argument's 

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WOW @ The Library in Celebration of Women’s History Month

Throughout time, women’s unique background has given them a special place in history. Traveling a long distance in the last century towards gender equality, women have remarkable stories to tell. The following list of titles despicts stories of women who have made their mark in leadership, including memoirs of U.S. first ladies and presidential candidates, revealing their motivations, struggles, and aspirations.

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WOW @ The Library in Celebration of African-American Heritage

Wonders Of Women (WOW) features a mosaic of selected titles including recent resources on self-help, as well as powerful narratives by and about extraordinary African-American women, will submerge the reader into a journey of discovery from the past to the present.

At the Dark End of the Street: Black women, Rape, and Resistance—A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power


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WOW @ The Library: Women of the Month

Wonders Of Women (WOW) presents the notable life and amazing accomplishments of three courageous women.

Amelia Earhart: the turbulent life of an American icon

by Kathleen C. Winters

Amelia Earhart Day is commemorated on January 11th. This book offers a fascinating look at the life of the courageous aviatrix, Amelia Mary Earhart—the first person to fly solo across the Pacific and first woman to perform a nonstop solo ... Read More ›

WOW @ The Library in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage

Wonders Of Women (WOW) features a few inspirational stories from contemporary and notable Hispanic American women.

Dream in Color: How the Sanchez Sisters are Making History in Congress

by Loretta and Linda Sanchez

Two sisters share the values and traditions learned from their Mexican parents and openly express their professional challenges and key to their success. 

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WOW @ The Library: Resources for Women

Wonders Of Women (WOW) is a space to learn about various resources for and about women (as well as for men) to help them continue to enrich their literary world full of unique wonderful experiences, and innumerable inquiries on the many wonders of life. This brief selection of new titles from various subjects available at the library will either help fill in the gap, satisfy the hunger for knowledge, or entertain the senses in unimaginable ways... This month featuring:

Women, Self-help & Life Skills

Resources to learn how to 

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Lady Drivers!

For symbols of the freedom of the road, you can't beat the wind in your hair, piles of crinkly state road maps at your side, and a whole continent of asphalt spilling out underneath your wheels. The devil-may-care excitement that goes with exploring the American continent has lured many a traveler since the invention of the automobile.

But would one ever call taking a road trip a feminist activity? I don’t mean Thelma and Louise on a tear in a Ford Thunderbird, shooting criminals and running from the law. 

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'You have not known misfortunes such as mine!': Storytelling and Trauma in Candide

Jessica AlpertCandide is a story composed of other stories, as the hero spends much of his world travels listening to others. Few stories are as long and involved as the old woman's in chapters 11 and 12, and she even spurs other characters to tell their stories of misfortune and tragedy at the end of her tale: "I advise you to divert yourself, and prevail upon each passenger to tell his story."


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