Women’s History Month Programming

There is no better time to shine a spotlight on the incredible achievements and contributions of women throughout history than during Women’s History Month. In the library, we have a unique opportunity to celebrate and educate our learners about the impactful role women have played in shaping our world. There are several ways to celebrate Women’s History Month in your library, not only by looking back, but also by recognizing and empowering women in the present and future.

One passive programming option is to create a special display of books by women authors, biographies of influential women, and works that highlight women’s accomplishments in various fields. This can serve as a visual reminder of the diverse voices and experiences of women that deserve recognition and celebration.

Another active programming idea is to host engaging and informative events such as author talks, panel discussions, or film screenings that focus on women’s history, achievements, and challenges. Reach out to local female authors to see if they will come and speak to your learners, or bring in different women in STEM to create a panel to talk to your learners about how they got to where they are. By bringing in guest speakers or hosting interactive sessions, we can give our learners a deeper understanding of the struggles and triumphs of women throughout history.

Organize a book club that focuses on women’s rights, historical movements, or contemporary issues related to gender equality. Encourage your learners to engage in conversations about women’s rights and activism as a powerful way to inspire change and promote equality. By organizing a book club that examines the history of women’s rights movements and explores current issues related to gender equality, you will empower young minds to become advocates for positive social change. These gatherings provide an opportunity for learners to learn from each other, share perspectives, and cultivate a deeper understanding of the challenges women have faced and continue to face in society. By creating a space for dialogue and education, we can foster a new generation of leaders who are passionate about advancing gender equality and promoting the rights of all individuals.

Another passive program is to curate book lists that highlight stories of resilience, leadership, and empowerment. By presenting a diverse range of books that showcase resilience, leadership, and empowerment, learners will have the opportunity to engage with inspiring stories that can spark their curiosity and foster empathy. These narratives offer a window into the diverse experiences of women from different backgrounds, allowing readers to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges they have overcome and the triumphs they have achieved.

One last helpful tip: Reach out to other departments to collaborate with different programs, reach out to the history department to create a living museum about different women throughout history, reach out to the art department to organize art projects that highlight women’s contributions to art and culture, or reach out to the science department to create a living museum about different women scientists.

 

 

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Author: Jessica Fitzpatrick

Jessica Fitzpatrick is a high school librarian in Houston and is in her tenth year of education. She holds a Bachelor of Science in education from the University of Houston and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas. She is a 2022 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, 2022 TLA MVP, an AASL Inspire Special Event Grant recipient, 2022 YALSA’s MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens, the 2022 TLA Branding Award Winner for Reading Program, the 2020 TLA Branding Award Winner for Community Engagement, YALS article contributor, and on the TAYSHAS Reading Committee. She enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her two daughters and husband. You can follow her on Instagram at @librarian_fitz and on Twitter at @librarianfitz .



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