Women's History Month 2022

Women's History Month 2022

Providing Healing, Promoting Hope

 Women's History Month

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About Women's History Month

Women’s History Month was first declared by Congress in 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women's History Project (now known as the National Women's History Alliance). United States Presidents have issued annual proclamations declaring Women's History Month annually since 1995. Each year since, March has been a month for us to celebrate the historic and contemporary contributions women have made both to the United States and around the world.

In 2022, we are celebrating the theme Providing Healing, Promoting Hope. This theme "pays tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and is also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history...The 2022 theme proudly honors those who, in both public and private life, provide healing and promote hope for the betterment of all." (National Women's History Alliance)

This month, you are invited to celebrate Women's History Month with DC Public Library! Join us for a program, pick up a fun and educational kit, check out some amazing reads, dig into research and so much more. 

Who's Who
Who have we featured in our header image for Women's History Month? Read on to learn more!
Women's History Month


Throughout Women's History Month, the DC Public Library is celebrating with film screenings, workshops, craft kits and more. See some highlighted events below and view all upcoming Women's History Month events on the Library's calendar.

Children & Families

Saturday, Mar. 12, 1 p.m.
In celebration of Women's History Month, children and their caregivers are welcome to join the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library for a screening of the award-winning film Hidden Figures! Registration is required.


Wednesday, Mar. 16, 4 p.m.
Riot Grrrl Zine Workshop
cover of an issue of Riot Grrrl; a woman standing with her arms up triumphantly Riot Grrrl started in the 1990s when a group of women in Olympia, Washington held a meeting about sexism in the punk scene. From there, an entire subculture erupted involving art, activism, music, and zines. While zines have existed since the 1930s (or earlier!), many came out of the Riot Grrrl movement, ranging in topics from feminism, to music, to body image. A zine can be anything you want it to be. Once completed, your handmade zine can be added to the Teen Space's in-house zine collection! 


Wednesday, Mar. 9, 7 p.m.
Just Pursuit: An Evening with Laura Coates
Image for event: Just Pursuit - An Evening with Laura Coates Join the Library, Mahogany Books and the DC Public Library Foundation for an encore stream of a conversation with former prosecutor and CNN legal analyst Laura Coates for her new book Just Pursuit: A Black Prosecutor’s Fight for Fairness. In conversation with CNN’s Abby Philip, Coates will discuss her career as a prosecutor at the Department of Justice. This encore presentation will be streamed on Youtube with a live chat for participants!

 Recommended Reads




Mayor's Office on Women's Policy and Initiatives

Check out these great reads recommended by the Mayor's Office on Women's Policy and Initiatives!

Streaming Video

Celebrate Women's History Month with movies and documentaries that lift up women's stories and women creators. Below are a few highlights that feature women directors, women who have broken glass ceilings and women who have found a way to create their own change. Find more great streaming video on Kanopy
Portrait of a Lady on Fire Vice President Kamala Harris: Chase the Dream
Portrait of a Lady on Fire Vice President Kamala Harris: Chase the Dream RBG Sacheen: Breaking the Silence

Streaming Audio

Stream unlimited music with your DC Public Library Card on Freegal! 
Fighter: A National Women's History Month Playlist Girl Power The Score: Women Composers Superwomen: Great Female Voices
Fighter: A National Women’s History Month Playlist Girl Power: Celebrating Women's History Month The Score: Women Composers Superwomen: Great Female Voices

Research Tools

Explore women's issues of the past, present and future with these online research tools.  
DC Oral History Collaborative
Explore local history related to women's and gender studies with the DC Oral History Collaborative, including topics like Women of the WIRE: Stories of D.C.’s Formerly Incarcerated Women and Transgender Histories of D.C.
Woman Using LinkedIn Learning LinkedIn Learning
Build your career and break your own glass ceiling with trainings from LinkedIn Learning! With courses on Inclusive Female Leadership, Overcoming Gender Bias in the Workplace, How Women Can Negotiate with Strength and more you can build your leadership skills and learn about women's issues in the workplace.
Very Short Introductions
Very Short Introductions offer concise introductions to a diverse range of topics related to Women's History, including American women's history, feminism, women in the workplace, women creators, women depicted in art and more. 
The Washington Post Online
Enjoy unlimited access, both onsite and remote, to The Washington Post's Gender and Identity coverage (formerly known as The Lily) on The Washington Post website and app (requires login). The mobile app is available for Android and iOS devices. When outside of a library you can activate a 7-day pass. 
Women in the Life Women in the Life Magazine
Women in the Life began as a magazine for black lesbians in the Washington, D.C. area and grew into a publication for lesbians of color circulated widely. The entire ten-year run (1993-2003) of Women in the Life Magazine was digitized in honor of the publication’s 25th Anniversary. 

Header Image Sources

  1. Chien-Shiung Wu at a gathering at Columbia University in 1958, Smithsonian Institution
  2. Elizabeth Blackwell, Public Domain.
  3. Alma Thomas in her studio in 1968, Ida Jervis, photographer, Alma Thomas papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
  4. Sonia Sotomayor, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States.
  5. Judith Heumann, Public Domain.

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