Dive into women’s history with the University Libraries

March 1, 2024

This post was originally published in March 2023. It was updated March 1, 2024.
The University Libraries celebrates Women’s History Month with a tour of women’s history at UNC-Chapel Hill, an exhibit on Black Feminism and a display on women in music.

Women’s History Month Collection on OverDrive 

Explore a collection of e-books and audiobooks featuring women who advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion. Featuring authors like bell hooks, Audre Lorde and Roxane Gay, you can find a wide range of perspectives on what it means to fight for equality. 

Organized Womanhood: North Carolina Women and the Ongoing Struggle for Political Inclusion 

Organized Womanhood is a digital exhibit drawn from the collections of the Wilson Special Collections Library. It examines the roadblocks overcome and achievements earned by North Carolina women. It starts in the era before equal rights, follows their gradual introduction into politics via participation in civic clubs and the women’s suffrage and temperance movements, and continues into the fight for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. 

Climbing The Hill: Women in the history of UNC online exhibit

Climbing the Hill explores women’s experiences as students, workers, and community members on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus. The exhibit illuminates women’s progress and resilience while recognizing remaining inequalities. It was originally curated by students in a seminar taught by associate professor of history Katherine Turk.

The exhibit has been adapted into a tour, which you can navigate in person or virtually. The online exhibit and tour include photo galleries and recommendations for further learning.

Women’s History in the Federal Depository collection

Document from the Federal Women's Program at the Department of the Treasury. Text at the top of the image reads "Women's Work." The center of the page depicts leaders in the movement for women's rights. Text at the bottom reads, "the rest is up to you."A collection of government brochures about women in the work place. They are brightly colored and cover topics such as Sexual Harrassment, Family & Medical Leave, pregnancy Discrimination, Working Mothers, Women's Apprenticeships and equal employment efforts.Six brochures from the U.S. Department of Labor covering topics related to women's employment.

As a Federal Depository Library, the University Libraries hold government information so that it can be accessed freely by the public. During Women’s History Month, a display in Davis Library brings showcases publications from several agencies, including the Women’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor, which advocates for women’s rights in and out of the workplace.