Resources for Celebrating Women’s History Month

By Sara Hull, information resources coordinator, Academic Technologies

March 28, 2014

National Women’s History Month was established by Congress in 1987, a mere 27 years ago. Since then, and for centuries before, many battles have been waged in the name of equality for all women, with many of those battles yet to be won. The National Women’s History Project ( has declared the theme of this year’s National Women’s History Month to be Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment, and has recognized twelve honorees who have lived lives demonstrating those qualities.

These honorees are:

  • Ute Indian rights activist and diplomat, Chipeta (1843-1924),
  • African-American educator, author and Black feminist, Anna Julia Cooper (1858-1964),
  • educator, author and deaf community advocate, Agatha Tiegel Hanson (1873-1959),
  • women’s employment pioneer, Katharine Ryan Gibbs (1863-1934),
  • FDA pharmacologist and public health activist, Frances Oldham Kelsey (1914-present), 
  • founder of battered-women’s shelters and rape treatment centers, Roxcy O’Neal Bolton (1926-present),
  • founder of The Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project, Arden Eversmeyer (1931-present),
  • international women’s rights activist, Carmen Delgado Votaw (1935-present),
  • women’s rights advocate and White House Communications Director, Ann Lewis (1937-present),
  • advocate for survivors of human trafficking, Jaida Im (1961-present), member of Congress and Iraq War veteran, Tammy Duckworth (1968-present), and
  • Civil Rights attorney, Lisa Taylor (1974-present).

If you would like to learn more about these and other inspiring women, please visit the Empire State College Online Library ( When you click the Resources by Subject link, and then choose our Gender & Women’s Studies subject guide, you will find a variety of resources, including article databases, e-books, websites, videos, recordings of famous speeches, and more.‌

In particular, we would like to draw your attention to a database of primary source materials called North American Women’s Letters and Diaries which contains more than 150,000 pages from letters and diaries written by 1,325 women from Colonial times to 1950. Visit this database for an intimate look at the private lives of women who influenced history.


Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment

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