Women's History and Heritage


Women’s History and Heritage

Women’s History Month began as a week-long celebration on March 7, 1982. Five years later, after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Public Law 100-9, officially designating March as Women’s History Month. Since then, the President of the United States has issued annual proclamations and the National Women’s History Alliance has organized themes commemorating women’s history. (source: womenshistorymonth.gov)

Past Women’s History Month Themes:

2019: “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence
2020: “Valiant Women of the Vote
2021: “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silenced
2022: “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope
2023: “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories

2023 Events

Women in Information: SJSU iSchool Celebrates Women’s History Month
Wednesday, March 22, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pacific Time

On March 22, 2023, the SJSU iSchool hosted their annual symposium for Women’s History Month. Dr. Sanda Erdelez and Dr. Sandra Hirsh led a discussion with women in the LIS field about how they entered the profession, the challenges they have faced and continue to face, as well as how they pay it forward for other women to succeed.

Transcript here (PDF, DOC).

Dr. Sanda Erdelez Dr. Sandra Hirsh
Dr. Rong Tang Sara Jones
Tiffany Duck Deb Seys

Past Symposia

In March 2022, the SJSU iSchool hosted a symposium for Women’s History Month titled, “Women in Information.” The keynote speakers, presenters, and panelists touched on a variety of topics within the field of information science as it related to their personal experiences. The speakers also talked about the importance of uplifting each other through mentorship opportunities, while encouraging participants to continue thinking about the relationships women have with each other in the historical context of libraries and labor.

Library and Information Science Best Practices

Best Practices from “Women in Information”:

  • Establish mentorship opportunities
  • Seek out and/or create support groups for women in informatics
  • Actively challenge the relationship women have in the historical context of libraries and labor 
  • Think about the ways in which librarianship has historically feminized its workers

Community Profiles

Sabrina Gunn

Professional Associations

Women's History Month