Women’s History Month 2021

The St. Louis Public Library’s Women’s History Month programming is made possible by the St. Louis Public Library Foundation.

Women are the foundation of the family, bonds forged by birth or by choice. Let’s celebrate the women of courage and vision who have been part of our family, who have nurtured and empowered us and who have had a significant impact on who we are and who we aspire to be. 

Join us as we honor the extraordinary women whose influence inspires and shapes us, celebrate the innovators whose ingenuity improves our daily lives and support the crusaders whose advocacy for gender equity promises a better future. Discover and share your family narrative as you learn to research ancestry, document cultural traditions and memorialize shared histories.  

All Women’s History Month programs are virtual. Registration for each program is required. A meeting link will be provided to attendees 24 hours prior to the start of the program.

Voices of St. Louis: Women in the Family
March 1-31
As we honor women in our families, we encourage our Customers to record the unique histories of the women in their families in the form of oral history recordings. Together we can document, preserve and celebrate the legacy of women in our families. To submit recordings, email a copy of your oral history to jmoorhouse@slpl.org

A Celebration of Working Women
March 2 - 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Make a collage to celebrate the important woman in your life. Register online and pick up a Take and Make Kit at Buder, Carondelet, or Machacek Libraries. 

Collecting Family Histories: A How-To Guide with Jean Ameduri
March 3 - 5:30-6:30 p.m.
You don’t have to be a genealogist to research and record personal history. Guest Jean Ameduri joins us for an introduction to formulating questions and interviewing those in your family. We encourage participants to use this information to inspire their “Voices of St. Louis: Women in the Family Oral Histories.” 

Be Your Most Royal Self
March 4 - 5-5:30 p.m.
Participate in a short Storytime, then make a crown. Register online and pick up a Take and Make Kit in advance at Cabanne Library. 

Her Hand, Her Heart, Her Story: Stories of the Women in Our Families
March 11 - 7-7:45 p.m.
Storyteller Sheneatha Frison leads us in celebrating the women in our families through stories of the strength, love, wisdom and laughter they bring to our lives. Get inspiration and ideas for exploring and compiling stories of the women in your family that have empowered and inspired you. 

I Am Loved
March 17 -  4-5 p.m.
Listen to a selection of Nikki Giovanni’s poems from her book of poetry “I Am Loved.” Learn about the life and family of Nikki Giovanni and other great women poets. Create and share your own poem of a special female in your life. 

Mothers of Invention
March 18 - 7-8 p.m.
Women have invented some of the most important items families use every day, like the electric refrigerator. Join us for an entertaining and informative presentation about women inventors. 

Earn What You Deserve: Navigating the Gender Pay Gap
March 20 -  1-2:30 p.m.
In many families, women are often the main breadwinners yet their pay doesn’t reflect the important contribution they make in the workplace. Women, on average, make almost 20 percent less than men and even less for minority women. Take action to close the gap faster! The American Association of University Women will provide key information on the gender pay gap issue and involve participants in negotiation skill exercises. 

No Bake Storytime
March 24 -  3-4 p.m.
Listen to a story, then get ready to get messy making a 3-minute fudge. Ingredients and supplies needed: 1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk (14 oz.), 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 mixing bowl and 1 large spoon. 

Family Stories from Women Across the Globe
March 24 - 7-8 p.m.
Join us for an evening of conversation with local women from different backgrounds and cultures. Hear their stories and share in their generational wisdom and traditions. Panelists include Suzanne Sierra, Neeta Gupta, Mirella Pereira and Rchsuj Buck. 

Family Paper Quilt
March 31 - 4-5 p.m.
Join us for a Storytime and make a quilt square to represent your family. Show and tell us about your completed square! Register online and pick up a Take and Make Kit at Barr, Carpenter, or Kingshighway Libraries. 

Inspiring Leaders with Kimberly-Ann Collins
March 31 - 5-6 p.m.
Join us for a discussion with lifelong North St. Louis resident and newly elected State Representative Kimberly-Ann Collins as she talks about the role of family and the need for leadership from women today.