March was declared as National Women’s History Month by Congress in 1987 to honor the extraordinary achievements of American women. Montgomery County Public Libraries will celebrate Women’s History Month with a series of virtual lectures, discussions, and storytimes around the theme “Valliant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced.”
The free programs, suitable for all ages, will take place as follows:
- Thursday, March 4 from noon to 1 p.m.
Beyond the 19th: The Equal Rights Amendment
Ranger Susan Philpott of the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument explores the evolution of the ERA–and the concept of equality–over the past century.
- Monday, March 8 from 2 to 3 p.m.
The Path to Leadership: The Next Chapter; Influential Women in Montgomery County Politics
Claire McDonald, creator of Montgomery History’s online exhibit “The Path to Leadership,” discusses the influence of Montgomery County women in the political arena pre- and post-suffrage.
- Wednesday, March 10 from 1 to 2 p.m.
Grit and Gusto: Farmerettes and Suffragettes
On the celebration of the Centennial of America’s entry into World War I, this new presentation highlights how women in Maryland rallied to new involvement and activism during 1917-1918.
- Friday, March 12 from 3 to 4 p.m.
The Better Angels: Five Women Who Changed Civil War America
Historian Robert C. Plumb will discuss his new book “The Better Angels: Five Women Who Changed Civil War America” released in March 2020.
- Saturday, March 13 from 10:30 to 11 a.m.
Join MCPL for stories about resourceful, adventurous, brave, and downright determined princesses!
- Wednesday, March 24 from 2 to 3 p.m.
A Tale of Two Counties: The Status of Women in Montgomery County
Dr. Patricia Maclay, Commissioner with the Montgomery County Commission for Women will present an overview of the Commission’s work in the community.
- Thursday, March 25 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Women against Slavery: Then and Now – Book Talk: “Speak a Word for Freedom: Women against Slavery”
Women abolitionists have always faced opposition, but they have persevered. The author will highlight the valiant work of several women abolitionists past and present.