March is Women's History Month

Herstory of Feminist Women's Health Center.

The origins of the women's Self Help movement.

Background on abortion rights and abortion politics in Washington State.

Sherry Schiffer's personal memoir of the early Los Angeles Feminist Women's Health Center.

A History of Women's Bodies - cultural views and laws, from Aristotle to the present.

What is International Women's Day?

Honoring the advances of women and girls around the world.

National Women's History Project - History looks different when the contributions of women are included.

Reframing Women's History - by Adriene Sere. "It was 1990 when I came across, for the first time, an alarming account of the historical oppression of women..."

In Canada, there is no law about abortion - no restrictions or regulations. Abortion is a medical practice determined between women and their physicians. Period. Read the history to see why this model would be ideal for the rest of the world.

Roe v Wade - History before and after abortion became legal.

Independent filmmaker, Dorothy Fadiman's important historical trilogy of documentaries called "From the Back Alleys to the Supreme Court and Beyond" , by Concentric Media.

Concentric Media - Independent filmmaker, Dorothy Fadiman's important documentaries collectively called "From the Back Alleys to the Supreme Court and Beyond" tells the history of the U.S. movement for women's choice.

Jane - the story of an underground safe abortion network when abortion was illegal."Not in our wildest dreams did we, a group of ordinary women, think we'd be running a floating underground abortion service, and ever performing the abortions ourselves. It was women's needs that drove us."
--Laura Kaplan, former "Jane" member

Not for Ourselves Alone - a PBS documentary about the lives of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, suffragists.

Iron-Jawed Angels - The very popular HBO movie gives insights into the leaders of the American women's suffrage movement. They had no vote, no political clout, no equal rights. But what they lacked under the law they made up for with brains, determination and courage. Featuring actress Hilary Swank.

Women's Rights National Historical Park - commemorates the First Women's Rights Convention and the early leaders of the women's rights movement in the United States.

Living the Legacy 1848-1998 - the 150th Anniversary of the women's suffrage movement, launched at the world's first US Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York.

Find a famous woman who shares your birthday at Women's International Center Birthdate Calendar Index

Women's Accomplishments

Women were the world's first computer programmers: Grace Murray Hopper, Kay McNulty, Betty Snyder, Marilyn Wescoff, Betty Jean Jennings, Ruth Lichterman, and Frances Bilas. This team was charged to programmed the first computer to calculate trajectories of missiles during World War II. Previously a single trajectory's calculations took 20 to 40 person-hours. The ENIAC, Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, programmers unveiled their first computer in Feb. 1946. For more information, see the May/June 1998 issue of Ms. Magazine.

Did you know? The first woman-owned bank in the US was opened in 1902 by Maggie Lena Walker, an African-American from Richmond, Virginia.

"When I was a child, I had a strange feeling inside me for which I could find no correlative in the outside world as I knew it. I knew, however, that I was "different." Then, soon after the birth of my third (and last) child, I read The Feminine Mystique. I had an epiphany This was it; my inside finally found a match in the outside world. There was an outer reality to plug my inner reality into. There was a NAME for what I knew was true, WORDS I could define myself by. Feminism means standing up to those who think I'm inferior because I'm a woman, going against what I was indoctrinated with as a child, It means being noisy and using my voice and my words and actions to speak the truth about women and who they really are - human beings with all the rights and responsibilities that go with being human."
-Diane Wahtor

"Here's what OPPRESSION looks like: The playing field is not level for everyone: white males have the level, well-mowed green grass to run on and shady trees to take their leisure under. white females have a hurdle filled dirt field with no shade trees and black females have a field full of gullies and sticker bushes and the goal posts were moved and they have to play in the dark. poor people have no map to get to the playing fields and no money to buy a ticket once they get there. They are given rocks to throw at the black women in the gullies."

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