March is Women’s History Month and this year, MacPhaidin Library staff asked several faculty members to list some of the most prominent female scholars in their disciplines – women whose work has influenced them and helped shape their fields of study. The resultant list contains the names of well-known historical figures and lesser-known individuals – all of whom deserve recognition as we celebrate the contributions and achievements of women and many who represent the 2024 Women’s History Month Theme – “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.” 

What would become Women’s History Month began in Santa Rose, California when a local task force on the status of women held a “Women’s History Week” Celebration. A variety of women’s groups successfully lobbied to make it a national celebration and in 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation recognizing women’s history week. In 1987, Congress passed a law designating the entire month of March as Women’s History Month. 

In addition to those books mentioned in this article, Librarian Heather O’Leary notes that we have recently added several other works to our collection that might be of particular interest this Women’s History Month.