March is Women’s History Month and the library has some awesome ways to celebrate and perhaps discover something new.

We hope you’ll take this opportunity to learn about women’s achievements in our history, big and small. This exciting mix of contemporary books, eBooks, audiobooks, and documentaries showcases the history and lives of amazing women, from union leaders to Supreme Court judges to environmental activists. Plus, check out a local history resource to learn about outstanding women right here in Northern Colorado.

A Black Women’s History of the United States By Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross

A vibrant and empowering history that emphasizes the perspectives and stories of African American women to show how they are, and have always been, instrumental in shaping our country. The authors prioritize many voices: enslaved women, freedwomen, religious leaders, artists, queer women, activists, and women who lived outside the law. (In print and eBook)

Dolores: Rebel, Activist, Feminist, Mother Produced by Brian Benson

Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. (DVD)

The Genius of Women: From Overlooked to Changing the World By Janice Kaplan

A look at the history of women geniuses and how they have historically not been recognized to the same degree as their male counterparts in a variety of fields including science and the performing arts.

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg By Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

She was a fierce dissenter with a serious collar game. A legendary, self-described “flaming feminist litigator” who made the world more equal. And an intergenerational icon affectionately known as the Notorious RBG. Discover the story of a remarkable woman and learn how to carry on her legacy. (In print and Ebook)

The Illustrated Feminist: 100 Years of Suffrage, Strength, and Sisterhood in America By Aura Lewis

The year 2020 marked the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in America, and what better way to commemorate the 19th Amendment than with a gorgeously illustrated handbook that explores a century’s worth of feminism? Each chapter illustrates 10 landmark moments in each decade from 1920 to 2020.

In Praise of Difficult Women: Life Lessons from 29 Heroines Who Dared to Break the Rules By Karen Karbo

The internationally best-selling author of the “Kick-Ass Women” series shines a spotlight on female rule-breakers, including Amelia Earhart, Helen Gurley Brown, Frida Kahlo, Nora Ephron and Carrie Fisher, providing inspiration and instruction for the new age of feminism. (In print and eAudiobook)

Political Animals: Pioneering Women Who Paved the Way for LGBT Equality Produced by Afterword Pictures

Tells the story of the civil rights struggle of this century – the gay rights movement – through the eyes of first four members of the LGBT Legislative Caucus: Jackie Goldberg, Christine Kehoe, Sheila Kuehl, and Carole Migden. (Kanopy)

Raging Grannies: The Action League Produced by New Day Films

A lively and thought-provoking 30-minute documentary that tells the story of The Action League of the San Francisco Bay Area Peninsula. They are women over 50, some as old as 90, who are enraged by the conditions under which some people are forced to live, by threats to our environment, by war, and by injustice wherever they find it. (Kanopy)

See Jane Win: The Inspiring Story of the Women Changing American Politics By Caitlin Moscatello

The award-winning journalist shares insider perspectives into the female candidates who fought back and won crucial elections in 2018, from Abigail Spanberger and Catalina Cruz to Anna Eskamani and London Lamar.

Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World By Andrea Barnet

This is the story of four visionaries who profoundly shaped the world we live in today. Together, these women, linked not by friendship or field, but by their choice to break with convention, showed what one person speaking truth to power can do.

Who Was? Series By various authors

A series of illustrated biographies for young readers featuring significant historical figures, including artists, scientists, and world leaders like Nellie Bly, Sojourner Truth, Celia Cruz, Temple Grandin, Ida B Wells, and many others.

Looking for more recommendations? Need help downloading digital eBooks and audiobooks or streaming films with your library card? Visit the Poudre River Public Libraries in person or call the Answer Center at 970-221-6740.

Women First and Foremost: Influential Women Throughout History Produced by Bayview Entertainment

From the first published American author, to the pilots who flew during WWII, there lies an underlying pride that has allowed generations of women to achieve their deserved place at the forefront of history. (Kanopy)

Fort Collins History Connection – Women’s History in Northern Colorado
Fort Collins History Connection is an online collaboration between the Museum of Discovery and the Poudre Libraries, incorporating historical resources to create a comprehensive timeline of our town. Dive in to the Women’s History archive to explore the legacies of local women through photographs, oral histories, and other historical materials!

Looking for more recommendations? Need help downloading digital eBooks and audiobooks or streaming films with your library card? Visit the Poudre River Public Libraries in person or call the Answer Center at 970-221-6740.