Arriving on the heels of Black History Month, comes Women’s History Month—a time to reflect upon, rediscover and rejoice in all the milestones that American women have achieved in the past century. On August 18, 1920, women finally gained the right to vote in this country. Since then, the United States has watched and cheered as its female citizens worked munitions factories during World War II, joined forces with the pacifist and civil rights movements in the 1960’s in the struggle for equal rights, began serving in greater numbers in the two houses of Congress, ran for President of the United States, served as estimable and long-standing Supreme Court Justices, and worked in solidarity for the freedoms and happiness of all people world-over.
The next time you come into the John Tyler Libraries, take a look at the displays in honor of Women’s History Month. You will find books providing detailed histories of women in the U. S.—covering race, age, and class, contemporary and classical artists, female poets and playwrights, and numerous and fantastic novels by the likes of Louise Erdrich, Charlotte Bronte, Kate Chopin and Leslie Marmon Silko.