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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.

History Programs

Amelia Earhart: The Woman Behind the Airplane

This program will be presented at multiple branches

Discover the woman behind the adventurous aviator. Hear stories of her childhood, learn about her accomplishments outside the cockpit, and explore the theories surrounding her mysterious disappearance.

Before Rosie: The Women of the Great War

Monday, March 25 | 6:00 p.m.
Midwest Genealogy Center & Zoom

From raising funds at home to serving as nurses, women stepped up to support, fight in, or fight against the war effort with patriotism.

Kansas City Women of Independent Minds

This program will be presented at multiple branches.

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

Rights & Equality

Alice Neel: Portraits, Politics, and Power

Tuesday, March 12 | 6:30 p.m.

Alice Neel was one of the great American painters of the Twentieth Century and a pioneer among women artists.

Gender Studies

Gender Studies provides balanced coverage of this significant aspect of culture and society. The database offers access to scholarly journals and magazines covering topics including gender studies, family and marital issues, and more.

Gerritsen Collection of Aletta H. Jacobs

The Gerritsen Collection is a women's history collection of periodicals, books, pamphlets, and more. Much of this collection is primary source material otherwise available only in a few rare book rooms around the world.

Art & Entertainment

Hit Songs and Stories of the Women of Vaudeville

This program will be presented at multiple branches.

Many women singers of the early 1900s had strong roots in vaudeville. This made for some fun, sweet, and saucy music! The Ain’t Misbehavins' will talk briefly about these incredible women and perform some of their songs which have become blues or jazz standards that are still played in clubs today.

Hattie McDaniel and Viola Davis: Makers of Hollywood History

Thursday, March 14 | 7:00 p.m.

Hattie McDaniel was the first African American actress to win an Academy Award. Viola Davis is one of the few who has won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. Learn more about these two noted actresses. 

Backwards in Heels: The Legacy of Ginger Rogers

Thursday, March 21 | 7:00 p.m.

Ginger Rogers is one-half of the most iconic dancing duo in cinematic history, dancing her way through many beloved films while challenging herself with other performance styles and on-screen innovations.

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