To Help You Plan

Ready reference for public programming

February 10, 2010

Use these resources to explore women’s history, answer reference questions, get program and resource-guide ideas, or link them to your website’s National Women’s History Month page. has a plethora of historical information organized by topic as well as a daily calendar of women’s history events, biographies, and current information through a blog and forum.

Discovering American Women’s History Online, a free database that provides access to diverse “digital collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) that document the history of women in the United States,is maintained by Ken Middleton, a reference librarian at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. is cosponsored by the Library of Congress, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Gallery of Art, the National Park Service, the Smithsonian Institution, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the National Archives and Records Administration, and is chock-full of program ideas and resources that are worthy of linking to from your library’s website. Each of the Washington D.C.–based organizations contributing to this site also sponsor National Women’s History Month programs, resource listings, digital collections, and activities, and there are easy links to these national resources from the collaborative site.

The Librarian’s Internet Index's Women’s History Month resources page offers websites for kids, statistics, a timeline of the U.S. women’s rights movement, links to library web pages, and more.

The Women’s Studies Librarian’s Office of the University of Wisconsin System offers a range of resources such as feminist-bookstore and publisher lists, resource guides, links to significant literature, and a list of women’s studies websites hosted by academic libraries around the country.

For an international perspective explore WWW Virtual Library Women’s History, a project of the Dutch Institute of Social History with geographical, topical, and organizational access to the web and local institutions.