On March 8, 1857, women working in New York City factories protested the horrible working conditions in the factories. In 1909, International Women’s Day was observed for the first time. Then, in 1981, the US Congress designated the second week of National March as Women’s History Week. In 1987, Congress voted to expand that into a month long observance called Women’s History Month, with the protests being acknowledged by designating March 8 as Women’s History Day.

Our book display for March is books by and about strong, influential women.  



The true story of a segregated group of African American women who were very important in NASA and the Space Race.

The true story of women who worked with radium until they started getting sick and having issues with their bones.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life and lessons written in her own words. Hailed as a very powerful book.

Michelle Obama’s autobiography, considered a very powerful, enlightening and uplifting book.


An engaging story about a woman working in the sciences in the 1950s and the misogyny she faces in such a male-dominated career.

A powerful and unforgettable story of a Muslim woman living in present-day Brooklyn.  Eye-opening and interesting to a different culture and way of life.

The story of two sisters separated at birth and raised separately.  This book addresses colorism, sexuality and racial issues.

A captivating, unforgettable story of a Black girl growing up in the backcountry of Africa and not being allowed an education.

An unforgettable novel about an enslaved woman.  Loosely based on Anna Lumpkin, the mistress of Devil’s Half Acre.

A young girl with an opportunity to be the first person in her family to attend college finds herself pregnant.  A woman married into a wealthy family can not keep a pregnancy to term.  A beautiful, powerful story.

A work of fiction based on true accounts of an underground abortion network before Roe v. Wade.  

A fictional book about a formerly enslaved woman who searches for her biological children.  Powerful, emotional, riveting.