Women's History and Heritage


Women’s History and Heritage

Like many other historical heritage months, Women’s History Month began as a week-long celebration on March 7, 1982. 5 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 United States president has issued annual proclamations and the National Women’s History Alliance has organized themes commemorating women’s history. (source: womenshistorymonth.gov)

EDI Symposium: Women in Information

Past Women’s History Month Themes:

2018: “Nevertheless She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
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

2022 Events

Women’s Heritage Month Symposium: Women in Information
Tuesday, March 22, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pacific Time

Fobazi EttarhShana Higgins

Sue Feldman

Janine SpearsShirley Lew


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 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