Celebrating Women’s History

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Women’s History Month is an annual celebration in March dedicated to the contributions and achievements women have made to our society and culture, and the vital role they’ve played throughout history in the United States.

This month-long commemoration began as a week in the 1970s, when schools in Santa Rosa, California celebrated women’s history by holding presentations, essay contests, and a parade. The enthusiasm spread into communities across the country, and in 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued a Presidential proclamation declaring March 8th the start of National Women’s History Week – coinciding with International Women’s Day, which continues to be celebrated on March 8th.  In 1987, President Carter expanded the proclamation to the entire month of March, and every year since the sitting president has continued the tradition.  

We here at the USF Libraries aim to bring women to light this month, to increase the visibility of the many who have made diligent efforts to create momentous change – and in doing so, made our world a fairer and more equitable place.

Learn about the Prolific Midwife [who] Made Her Mark in Tampa, Maria Messina Greco, who wrote 6,000 names in her notepads, each for a life she ushered into the world. The Sicilian midwife came to Tampa in 1906, and went on to deliver 12,000 babies in her lifetime. 

Discover amazing women in history in print and online resources in the USF Libraries catalog in A Reading List of Remarkable Women in History. Or check out the resources in our Women’s and Gender Studies LibGuide.

Explore the rich history of women’s groups in Tampa Special Collections in The Women’s Clubs of Tampa Bay — and the amazing work from the Special Collections’ interns who are creating exhibits while tackling issues in women’s and gender history.

We encourage you to take time this month to read from our resources and/or write to a woman you admire. It’s not just about celebrating women’s historical triumphs, but paying tribute to the women in our lives now, who will no doubt go on to influence our future.

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