March is Women's History Month. Take a look into women's impact on Virginia's past, present, and future.
Throughout the month of March, the spotlight is on influential women of Virginia's past, present, and future.
March 14-20, 2021
Women Veterans Week
Honoring Women Veterans
This week is a time dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of women veterans across the Commonwealth. Taking place from March 14–20, 2021, this is the fourth consecutive year that Virginia is devoting the third full week in March to recognizing all of the women who have served in the United States armed forces.
With over 108,000 women veterans who call the Commonwealth home, Virginia has the highest percentage of women veterans per population of any state in the nation.
Women veterans are the fastest-growing segment of Virginia’s total veteran population.
In 2018, Virginia is one of the first states to establish a dedicated program for women veterans, which includes an annual Virginia Women Veterans Summit. This year’s event will take place virtually from June 23–24, 2021
Check out the resources below to learn more on women's impact on the history of Virginia.
The struggle for women to gain acceptance, recognition and equal rights in society has been a long process. In recognition of the contributions of American women, ALIC presents a listing of web sites relevant to women in the United States.
The Library of Virginia recognizes and celebrates women's accomplishments in all walks of life. From 2000 until 2020, the annual Virginia Women in History program honored women of the past and present who developed new approaches to old problems, strove for excellence based on the courage of their convictions, and initiated changes in their communities, state, and nation that continue to effect our lives today.
As recently as the 1970s, women’s history was virtually an unknown topic in the K-12 curriculum or in general public consciousness. To address this situation, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women initiated a “Women’s History Week” celebration for 1978. Click below to learn more how this evolved into "Women's History Month".
Below is a brief featured list of women's History attractions that provide great resources for learning more about women's history in Virgnia.
The Library of Virginia is one of the oldest agencies of Virginia government, founded in 1823 to preserve and provide access to the state's incomparable printed and manuscript holdings.
Throughout Virginia’s history, women have played important, but often overlooked, roles as educators, entrepreneurs, health care providers, religious leaders, farmers, artists, writers, reformers, pioneers, laborers, and community builders.
The Library of Virginia recognizes and celebrates women’s accomplishments in all walks of life.
Whether they were transforming domestic hobbies into successful careers, pounding smoldering metal in blacksmith shops, or shaping the course of the nation, women played important—and unexpected roles—in Colonial Williamsburg.
Visit Colonial Williamsburg this March for special programming as we celebrate and examine the lives and relationships of these women during Women's History Month.
The National Museum of Women in the Arts is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to championing women through the arts.
With its collections, exhibitions, programs, and online content, the museum seeks to inspire dynamic exchanges about art and ideas. NMWA advocates for better representation of women artists and serves as a vital center for thought leadership, community engagement, and social change.
Whether you’re traveling in southwestern Virginia, Hampton Roads, or along Route 58, learn about Virginia women who made a difference along the way.
Visit sites (virtually or in person) associated with history-making women across the state through the Library of Virginia's Women in History Digital Trails.