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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.

Events

Learn Something New

Learn Something New

MCPL is offering a variety of in-person and virtual programming celebrating Women's History Month!

Special Events at The Story Center

Special Events at The Story Center

View The Storytellers: Women Who Led Through Story by Kansas City artist Patricia Streeper. On view through May 1.

Literature & History

An American Voice

An American Voice

Maya Angelou’s works about loss, pain, and the strength of the human spirit made her one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. Visit Bloom’s Literature for more.

Mother of a Monster

Mother of a Monster

At just 21 years old, Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, a classic of modern literature and a work that many consider one of the first science fiction novels in history.

Women and Their Stories

Women and Their Stories

Browse videos, documentaries, and films, including Suffragettes (BBC) and In Their Own Words (PBS), featuring Angela Merkel, Princess Diana, and others.

In Her Own Words

Science & Medicine

Programming Pioneer

Programming Pioneer

Ada Lovelace was an English mathematician and one of the world’s first computer programmers.

Dark Lady of DNA

Dark Lady of DNA

Rosalind Franklin provided critical evidence for unlocking the structure of DNA to help reveal the signature double helix we find in textbooks today.

Physics Figure

Physics Figure

A Nobel-winning physicist, Marie Curie’s work launched the study of modern physics and encouraged women to pursue careers in science. Use your Library card to search the Biography database for more.

Women and Wellness

Women and Wellness

Manage your health with access to books, magazines, programs, online resources, and more.

Rights & Equality

Gender Advocate

Gender Advocate

When Ruth Bader Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993, she had been shattering glass ceilings for decades. Find books and materials about her groundbreaking career and accomplishments.

Spymistress and Hero

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.

Historic Firsts

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.

A Rare Collection

A Rare Collection

The Gerritsen Collection: Read letters from Susan B. Anthony, discover biographies of the Brontë sisters, and explore the legacy of historical figures including Catherine the Great, as well as writings by ordinary women.

Sports & Entertainment

Mavens of Music

Mavens of Music

Adele, Aretha, Dolly, Mariah, Madonna. These women have been some of the top-selling artists of all time. Use your Library card to download and stream their music and more for FREE.

Sports Powerhouse

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

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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