Women's History Month

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Women's History Month

Women's History Month: "I think everybody needs a passion. Whether it's one passion or a hundred, that's what keeps life interesting." - Betty White | We celebrate the fearless women who broke the rules.

Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others. – Amelia Earhart

History is filled with intelligent, powerful, and inspirational women who have been pioneers for women’s rights and defined the worlds of entertainment, science, sports, and literature. 

This month, we celebrate the fearless women who broke the rules—the teachers, scientists, leaders, politicians, mathematicians, authors, and artists—and inspired generations to come. 

Use your MCPL Access Pass (Library Card) to explore these materials and resources or apply for a free card today.

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History Programs

Kansas City Women of Independent Minds

March 30 | 7:00 p.m.
South Independence Branch

Meet women who were integral to Kansas City and Jackson County including Mme. Chouteau, Loula Long Combs, Lucile Bluford, and Mattie Rhodes, and discover Kansas City’s "herstory."

Rights & Equality

Spymistress and Hero

Vera Atkins served in the British Intelligence during World War II, but her work continued well after the fighting ended. Her mission to investigate agents who never returned earned her national recognition.

Show Your Colors

April 19 | 10:00 a.m.

May 1 | 6:30 p.m.
Colbern Road

Suffragists encouraged supporters to “show your colors” by wearing yellow ribbons, buttons, and sashes. Hear stories of the struggle for women’s suffrage.

Historic Firsts

As the first female, first Black, and first Asian American elected to be Vice President, Kamala Harris’ life has been filled with historic firsts. Find books about her childhood, career, and journey to the White House.

Sports & Entertainment

Sports Powerhouse

Serena Williams is one of the most dominant players on the tennis court and off. As an athlete, mother, and businesswoman, her landmark career broke both records and barriers.

Silver Screen Stars

In the past century, women have fought for equal roles and equal pay in the movies. Visit this list of films and tv shows featuring strong, independent women.

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