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Women, Gender, and Sexuality Guide: Women's History Month

Explore resources meant to aid users in their education and celebration of Women's History Month and LGBTQIA+ Pride Month.

"Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982, as 'Women’s History Week.' Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as 'Women’s History Week.' In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as 'Women’s History Month.' Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as 'Women’s History Month.' These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields."

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Women's History Month 2023 Theme: Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories

2024 Women's History Month Theme:

Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

We Should All Be Feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

"Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie a renowned Nigerian novelist was born in Nigeria in 1977. She grew up in the university town of Nsukka, Enugu State where she attended primary and secondary schools, and briefly studied Medicine and Pharmacy. She then moved to the United States to attend college, graduating summa cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University with a major in Communication and a minor in Political Science. She holds a Masters degree in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins and a Masters degree in African Studies from Yale University. She was a 2005-2006 Hodder Fellow at Princeton, where she taught introductory fiction. She was named one of the twenty most important fiction writers today under 40 years old by The New Yorker and was recently the guest speaker at the 2012 annual commonwealth lecture. She featured in the April 2012 edition of Time Magazine, celebrated as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World."

Institutions with Women's History Month Resources

"A Seat at the Table" Isn't the Solution for Gender Equity | Lilly Singh

"Women and girls are conditioned to believe success is "a seat at the table." Creator, actress and author @LillySingh thinks we need to build a better table. In this hilarious, incisive talk, Singh traces the arc of her career from up-and-coming YouTuber to history-making late-night talk show host, offering four ways to build a more inclusive society where girls are encouraged and empowered to do great things."

Podcasts to Check Out!

Women's History Month Media

Movies, TV Series, & Documentaries

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Becoming (Nadia Hallgren) — Netflix

Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (Beyoncé & Ed Burke) — Netflix

RBG (Julie Cohen & Betsy West) — Hulu

9to5: The Story of a Movement (Steven Bognar & Julia Reichert) — Netflix

Feminists: What Were They Thinking (Johanna Demetrakas) — Netflix

Reversing Roe (Ricki Stern & Anne Sundberg) — Netflix

This Changes Everything (Tom Donahue) — Netflix

What Happened, Miss Simone? (Liz Garbus) — Netflix

Knock Down the House (Rachel Lears) — Netflix

Jane (Brett Morgan) — Disney+

Gloria: In Her Own Words (Peter W. Kunhardt) — HBO Max

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (Timothy Greenfield-Sanders) — Prime Video

Honeyland (Tamara Kotevska & Ljubomir Stefanov) — HBO Max

Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed (Shola Lynch) — Prime Video

Being Serena (Serena Williams) — HBO Max

I Am Greta (Nathan Grossman) — Hulu 

Grey Gardens (Ellen Hovde, Albert Maysles, & David Maysles) — HBO Max


Erin Brockovich (Steven Soderbergh) — Prime Video

Hidden Figures (Theordore Melfi) — Disney+

The United States vs. Billie Holiday (Lee Daniels) — Hulu

9 to 5 (Colin Higgins) — HBO Max

Queen of Katwe (Mira Nair) — Disney+

She's Gotta Have It (Spike Lee) — Netflix

She Said (Maria Schrader) — Peacock

Frida (Julie Taymor) — HBO Max

Nomadland (Chloé Zhao) — Hulu

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (George C. Wolfe) — HBO Max

Yentl (Barbra Streisand) — HBO Max

Thelma and Louise (Ridley Scott) — Prime Video

The Sound of Music (Robert Wise) — Disney+

Respect (Liesl Tommy) — Prime Video

Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins) — HBO Max

Captain Marvel (Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck) — Disney+

Mudbound (Dee Rees) — Netflix

Set It Off (F. Gary Gray) — HBO Max

Pride & Prejudice (Joe Wright) — Peacock

First Wives Club (Hugh Wilson) — HBO Max

Clueless (Amy Heckerling) —  Paramount+

The Color Purple (Steven Spielberg) — HBO Max

Real Women Have Curves (Patricia Cardoso) — HBO Max

Television Series

Mrs. America (Dahvi Waller) — Hulu

Little Fires Everywhere (Liz Tigelaar) — Hulu

The Handmaid's Tale (Bruce Miller) — Hulu

Broad City (Ilana Glazer & Abbi Jacobson) — Hulu

The Wilds (Sarah Streicher) —  Prime Video

Shrill (Aidy Bryant, Alexandra Rushfield, & Lindy West) — Hulu

Good Girls Revolt (Dana Calvo) —  Prime Video

Big Little Lies (David E. Kelley) — HBO Max

Gilmore Girls (Amy Sherman-Palladino) — Netflix

Maid (Molly Smith Metzler) — Netflix

Fleabag (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) —  Prime Video

The Golden Girls (Susan Harris) — Hulu

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amy Sherman-Palladino) —  Prime Video

Unbelievable (Susannah Grant) — Netflix

Grace and Frankie (Marta Kauffman & Howard J. Morris) — Netflix

Killing Eve (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) — Hulu

The Morning Show (Jay Carson & Kerry Erhin) — AppleTV+

Insecure (Issa Rae) — HBO Max

I May Destroy You (Michaela Coel) — HBO Max


Many popular streaming platforms, including Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, and Amazon Prime Video, have collections of curated media to help users celebrate female storytellers. Check out each of the streaming platforms for more media recognizing women's voices this Women's History Month!

Actress Roundtable (2024) | The Hollywood Reporter

Annette Bening ('Nyad'), Carey Mulligan ('Maestro'), Emma Stone ('Poor Things'), Greta Lee ('Past Lives'), Lily Gladstone ('Killers of the Flower Moon') and Margot Robbie ('Barbie') join THR in Off Script With The Hollywood Reporter. The stars talk about how their families react to their work and getting comfortable on a set. Plus, Margot Robbie shares how she was able to pitch 'Barbie' to Warner Bros. and Mattel in this updated roundtable format hosted by Yvonne Orji.

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Memoirs & Biographies for Women's History Month

The Urgency of Intersectionality | Kimberlé Crenshaw

"Now more than ever, it's important to look boldly at the reality of race and gender bias -- and understand how the two can combine to create even more harm. Kimberlé Crenshaw uses the term "intersectionality" to describe this phenomenon; as she says, if you're standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you're likely to get hit by both. In this moving talk, she calls on us to bear witness to this reality and speak up for victims of prejudice."

Online Exhibits & Interactive Resources

A Woman's Fury Holds Lifetimes of Wisdom | Tracee Ellis Ross

"The global collection of women's experiences can no longer be ignored, says actress and activist Tracee Ellis Ross. In a candid, fearless talk, she delivers invitations to a better future to both men and women."

Nonfiction for Women's History Month

Fiction for Women's History Month

Final Harvest: Emily Dickinson's Poems / selected and with an introduction by Thomas H. Johnson
Betsey Brown: A Novel / Ntozake Shange
Beloved: A Novel / Toni Morrison
The Kitchen God's Wife / Amy Tan
Jane Eyre / Charlotte Brontë
The Age of Innocence / Edith Wharton
Jubilee / Margaret Walker
Quicksand / Nella Larsen
Herland / Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Color Purple / Alice Walker
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter / Carson McCullers
Even the Stars Look Lonesome / Maya Angelou
Wuthering Heights / Emily Brontë
Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus / Mary W. Shelley
O Pioneers! / Willa Cather; illustrations by Mark Weakley; afterword by Noel Perrin
The Real Thing: Stories and Sketches / Doris Lessing
The Awakening / Kate Chopin; edited by Sharon M. Harris
Black Water / Joyce Carol Oates
Interpreter of Maladies: The Namesake / Jhumpa Lahiri
The Bell Jar / Sylvia Plath; foreword by Frances McCullough; biographical note by Lois Ames; drawings by Sylvia Plath
Mrs. Dalloway / Virginia Woolf
The Night Watchman: A Novel / Louise Erdrich
Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel / Zora Neale Hurston; with a new foreword by Mary Helen Washington
The Shipping News / Annie Proulx
The Secret Life of Bees / Sue Monk Kidd
Kindred / Octavia E. Butler
The Handmaid's Tale / Margaret Atwood
Play It as It Lays: A Novel / Joan Didion
The Narrows / Ann Petry
To Kill a Mockingbird / Harper Lee
Orsinian Tales / Ursula K. Le Guin
The Women of Brewster Place / Gloria Naylor
The Bluest Eye: A Novel / Toni Morrison
Pride and Prejudice / Jane Austen
Everything that Rises Must Converge: Stories / Flannery O'Connor
The House on Mango Street / Sandra Cisneros
The Lottery; The Adventures of James Harris / by Shirley Jackson
Out of India: Selected Stories / Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
The Annotated Uncle Tom's Cabin / Harriet Beecher Stowe
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