Women's History Month
Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment
The National Women’s History Project celebrates the contributions of women throughout history and around the world. Although women’s history is intertwined with that of men, several factors—social, religious, economic, and biological—have worked to create a unique sphere of women’s history.
A history week was developed around March 8th (already established as International Women’s Day in 1911). In 1987, thanks to lobbying by a coalition lead by the National Women’s History Project, the week expanded to encompass the entire month.
This year’s theme is “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment.” It is with that in mind, and an emphasis on recently published titles, that we present the following selection of books, videos and websites that will help you learn more about women in history. All books and videos are available in the Norfolk Public Library catalog, and the websites and databases may be viewed online at any of the public computer stations located in the library or from home.
2014 Women's History Month Events
Recorders of History: Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment
Saturday, March 1 @ 12:30 PM
Blyden Branch Library
Blyden Branch recognizes the achievements of Anne Boone, Mae Breckenridge and Diana Chappell-Lewis in their efforts to record African-American history through words and to establish local African-American historical museums. (Adults)
American Girl Book Club: Samantha
Monday, March 3 @ 4:00 PM
Larchmont Branch Library
In honor of Women’s History Month, read about American Girl, Samantha, a bright and generous girl living at the turn of the century. We’ll have a discussion, make crafts and enjoy some snacks! (School Age)
True Stories Book Club: Lean in
Friday, March 7 @ 3:30 PM
Larchmont Branch Library
Read and discuss Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg in honor of Women’s History Month. (Adults)
Meet, Learn & Discover Series: Some Norfolk Women of Note
Wednesday, March 19 @ 6:00 PM
Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library
In this informative presentation, City Historian Peggy McPhillips takes a look at some of Norfolk’s most historic female figures. (Adults)
Saturday, March 22 @ 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Horace C. Downing Branch Library
Kinky Koily Sistahs presents an au naturel holistic workshop with a licensed stylist and herbal specialist. Get advice on your hair and body, and participate in a product swap (donate your gently used products). Win prizes and see demos!
Register by March 3rd. (All Ages)