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Women's History Month

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Women’s History Month celebrates the vital role and accomplishments of women in history. Although the commemoration began in America, MCPL celebrates women of all countries and times in history. To coincide with Missouri’s bicentennial year, we are taking a closer look at some of the women who represent the 24th state in literature, politics, business and more. 

We hope these books and resources will spark your interest or introduce you to something new. If you don’t have an MCPL Access Pass (Library card), get one today!

Resources

Access Video on Demand

Access Video on Demand

Explore a variety of videos including titles such as The Rhetoric of Women in Politics, Amendment 19: Women’s Right to Vote, and Power and the World’s Women.

View the full playlist for Women’s History Month.

Gerritsen Collection of Aletta H. Jacobs

Gerritsen Collection of Aletta H. Jacobs

The Gerritsen Collection is a collection of periodicals, books, pamphlets, and more that is considered the greatest single source for the study of women's history in the world.

Read the letters of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton; discover biographies of the Brontë sisters and Elizabeth Barrett Browning; explore books about historical figures including Catherine the Great and Marie Antoinette, as well as writings by women on subjects such as marriage, education, war, and literature.

British and Irish Women’s Letters and Diaries

British and Irish Women’s Letters and Diaries

Explore the thoughts, observations, and experiences of both famous and ordinary women on all subjects through more than 400 years of personal writings from England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. 

Browse a collection of letters from Mary, Queen of Scots during her imprisonment in England until her execution. Read letters and diaries from nurses in the 19th and 20th centuries, and explore writings by women who lived through the French Revolution, Crimean War, and the Great Wars, including the diary of Anne Jane Walker Shepperd, a 26-year-old mother of three, describing life in London during the Blitz.

North American Women’s Letters and Diaries

North American Women’s Letters and Diaries

Experience the lives of American and Canadian women through diaries and letters from the 18th to 20th centuries, including a section on the Oregon Trail written by pioneer women as they journeyed by wagon through western America.  

Be sure to check out “Julia Heller’s Boy Friends Book” from 1932 which features descriptions of all the boys she was friends with, grouped into categories including which ones danced, who lived near her, and who she liked best!

Stories of Women in Missouri

Groundbreakers, Rule-breakers & Rebels: 50 Unstoppable St. Louis Women

Groundbreakers, Rule-breakers & Rebels: 50 Unstoppable St. Louis Women

Katie J. Moon tells the stories of 50 female pioneers with ties to St. Louis, from European-born settlers like Marie-Thérèse Bourgeois Chouteau to cookbook author Irma Rombauer and renowned activist poet Maya Angelou.

Nelly Don: A Stitch in Time

Nelly Don: A Stitch in Time

This film is the companion to the book by Terence O’Malley and tells the story of Nell Donnelly, the Kansas City fashion designer who became one of the wealthiest and most celebrated women in American business.

Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder

Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder

This biography focuses upon Wilder's years in Missouri from 1894 to 1957. Utilizing her unpublished autobiography, letters, newspaper stories, and other documentary evidence, John E. Miller fills the gaps in Wilder's autobiographical novels and describes her 63 years of living in Mansfield, Missouri.

Lucille H. Bluford and the Kansas City Call

Lucille H. Bluford and the Kansas City Call

Examines Bluford’s journalistic writings on social, economic, and political issues; her views on African Americans and women; and her career at the Kansas City Call newspaper.

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