Welcome to Women’s History Month!

WomensHistoryMonthHow many of the following historical women are familiar to you?

Chipeta (1843 – 1924)
Indian Rights Advocate and Diplomat

Anna Julia Haywood Cooper (1858 – 1964)
African American Educator and Author

Agatha Tiegel Hanson (1873 – 1959)
Educator, Author, and Advocate for Deaf Community

Katharine Ryan Gibbs (1863 – 1934)
Women’s Employment Pioneer

Frances Oldham Kelsey (1914 – Present)
Pharmacologist and Public Health Activist

Roxcy O’Neal Bolton (1926 – Present)
20th Century Women’s Rights Pioneer

Arden Eversmeyer (1931 – Present)
The Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project Founder

Carmen Delgado Votaw (1935 – Present)
International Women’s Rights Activist

Ann Lewis (1937- Present)
Women’s Rights Organizer and Women’s History Advocate

Jaida Im (1961- Present)
Advocate for Survivors of Human Trafficking

Tammy Duckworth (1968 – Present)
Member of Congress and Iraq War Veteran

Lisa Taylor (1974 – Present)
Civil Rights Attorney

Chances are, only one or two names at most are recognizable, even though each of these women are noteworthy pioneers and tireless advocates for equality. It’s no secret that for years history classes in the western world have primarily focused on men’s contributions to society, and children are lucky to learn about anyone female and historical beyond the queens of England and Betsy Ross.

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“The sky is now her limit,” 1920. Courtesy Library of Congress.

Since the late-1970s, women in America pushed for greater awareness of women’s history, and in 1987 the U.S. Congress declared March Women’s History Month.

All of the women listed above are the 2014  National Women’s History Month Honorees, selected by the National Women’s History Project. You can see their photographs and read their full bios at nwhp.org. Another excellent source for Women’s History Month material is located at womenshistorymonth.gov.

Here at Corsets, Cutlasses, & Candlesticks we plan to spend the entire month of March celebrating women’s history through posts about historical women, important historical dates for women, nonfiction books about women, and tips for writing strong female characters. We encourage you to check back often and help spread the word about Women’s History Month. Feel free to join in with comments about your favorite historical women…and please don’t feel you need to limit your choices to U.S. females, despite Women’s History Month’s start in America!

To kick off the celebrations, I’m posting a few women’s history-related videos, including a classic Schoolhouse Rock tribute to the Women’s Suffrage Movement.

History.com has also posted some wonderful and informative videos at www.history.com/topics/holidays/womens-history-month.

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About Cat Winters

Cat Winters’s critically acclaimed debut novel, IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS, was named a 2014 Morris Award Finalist, a 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, a 2013 Bram Stoker Award Nominee, and a School Library Journal Best Book of 2013. Her second novel, THE CURE FOR DREAMING, is a 2015 Amelia Bloomer Project Nominee and a 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominee. Her upcoming books include THE UNINVITED (William Morrow/2015) and THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY (Amulet Books/2016), and she’s a contributor to the 2015 YA horror anthology SLASHER GIRLS & MONSTER BOYS. Cat lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two kids. Visit her online at http://www.catwinters.com.

One thought on “Welcome to Women’s History Month!

  1. Wilhelmina Von Drake says:

    This is fabulous! I cannot wait to read all of March’s posts!

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