In honor of Women's History Month, we're spotlighting resources that focus on women in history.
Find out how Florence Kelley's campaign against sweatshops in Chicago during the 1890s helped expand government responsibility for industrial working conditions or read the actual words of Hallie Q. Brown in a circular sent to the 1893 World's Fair Board of Lady Managers laying out an argument for the inclusion of African-Americans and urging them to focus on lives of African-American women. Read the contents of The Ladder, A Lesbian Review (1956-1972) or the text of an article by Michele Wallace published in 1975 in the Village Voice entitled "Anger in Isolation: A Black Feminist Search for Sisterhood." All these primary sources, plus many more documents, letters and secondary source material can be found through the library's subscription resource, Women and Social Movements in the United States 1600-2000.
Experience personal and historical events as they unfold through the words of the women who lived them in North American Women's Letters and Diaries: Colonial to 1950, an online collection of correspondence, memoirs
and diaries. Live the first moments of the Civil War through Anne M. Ferris who wrote in her 1861 diary, "In the great world outside of our own little sphere the opening year
must be the most important of any in the present century -- We are in
the midst of a revolution that must decide the future of our country,
& is most important to the destinies of humanity -- The excitement
& interest is intense, & each day is eagerly waited for, for the
consequences it may bring --." Read about a family who watches their Japanese friends and neighbors being pulled from their farms to be placed in Japanese Internment Camps after the attack on Pearl Harbor through the memory of Mary Paik Lee in her 1990 memoir. These as well as other historical and personal events can be browsed or searched in this database.