Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Celebrate Women's History Month

Women's History Month
Did you know that March is Women's History Month? MCPL has free online resources and books to help you learn and celebrate!

women WWII pilots
If you're looking to explore and research online, we've got some wonderful, authoritative resources for you! Get started with History in Context and History Reference Center. They have information from the U.S. and around the world gathered from reference and primary sources as well as news and multimedia. You can browse and search on a wide variety of topics such as the Women's Rights Movement, women's suffrage, women during the world wars, and many more fascinating topics.

Malala Yousafzai
If you are looking for biographical information, you should have a look at Biography in Context. There you can browse and search for information on notable women throughout history. You can also search by gender, nationality, ethnicity, and occupation. They have information on historical women in many fields and occupations from abolitionists to zoologists. The site provides articles from reference works, academic journals, magazines, and newspapers as well as images, audio clips, and videos.

African American women marching - civil rights
Looking for historical information on African American women? The Oxford African American Studies Center online database is focused "on the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture." It is a place where you can read articles, primary sources, maps, timelines, and biographical information.There are also many images included on the site that you can view.

You can discover history though song as well. Listen to streaming music from America's past, including songs about the suffrage movement and more, with American Song. From Freegal you can download music (five songs each week) from women artists singing in a wide variety of genres from a capella to zydeco, and many others in between.

Two Chinese women in the 1800s
Looking for a good book instead? We've got some great reading suggestions for kids, teens, and adults on women's history. Don't forget to explore our wide variety of e-books and audiobooks that also have fascinating books about women's history, women's biographies and memoirs. Ask any of our librarians for help finding titles or get e-mail suggestions from our What Do I Check Out Next? online service.

We're happy to help you start your journey exploring Women's History today at MCPL!