Library Resources | March 12, 2020
March is Women’s History Month, a time to honor women in history who have fought for equal rights.
This year’s Women’s History Month theme is “Valiant Woman of the Vote,” and the Library of Congress has created a virtual exhibit dedicated to the women’s suffrage movement. A search of the web also reveals a variety of relevant classroom activities, lesson plans, background reading and more.
Libraries subscribing to EBSCO resources will also find a wealth of content to support and promote student research and classroom instruction related to women’s history.
NoveList® Plus can help librarians find a variety of fiction and nonfiction celebrating female characters and culture. Check out the Recommended Reads Lists, including Extraordinary Women and Historical Women. Use the “strong female” appeal term to find fiction with fierce female protagonists.
For libraries looking to add new books by and about women to their shelves, Core Collections™ has great recommendations. Here are just a few:
Promote books by or about women, focusing on different contributions each week. Start with books about famous writers, singers and performers. Honor women in comedy with a display of nonfiction by funny females such as Mindy Kaling, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Ali Wong, Tiffany Haddish and Ellen DeGeneres. Other weeks can feature books by or about famous political figures, such as Eva Peron, Indira Gandhi and Hillary Clinton, and female scientists such as chemist Alice Ball and conservationist Rachel Carson.
Looking for Women’s History Month programming ideas? American Libraries magazine offers a round-up of special events, activities, movie nights and other ideas for honoring female trailblazers.
Written by witnesses to history, firsthand accounts of women who made an impact in the world can be found in magazine archive issues of Life, TIME, People, Ebony, Vanity Fair and Bloomberg Businessweek. Students can explore coverage of the first woman in space, the first woman to run for president, the first woman to become a supreme court justice and more. In addition, students will be able to follow the evolution of women in advertising images as well as their representation in the media through the years.
Meanwhile, Literary Reference Center Plus and Poetry & Short Story Reference Center are great sources of biographies for authors such as Emily Dickinson, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Kate Chopin, Amy Tan, and Sylvia Plath. Students and educators will also find literary criticism on works such as:
In addition, The Paris Review Poetry Showcases on Poetry & Short Story Reference Center offer an in-depth look at poets and their works. Each showcase includes a biography, several poems and an interview with the poet, as well as audio recordings of the interview and of the poet reading her work. Featured poets include Cecilia Vicuña, Jorie Graham, Mónica de la Torre, Anne Waldman, Monica Youn and Tracy K. Smith.
EBSCO Connect offers lesson plans that integrate school databases, including Literary Reference Center Plus and Poetry & Short Story Reference Center. Invite students to explore characterization with gothic literature and evaluate the plausibility of a perfect world.
To promote women writers, be sure to download, customize and hang this colorful poster in your library.
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