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Women's History Month: Women in History

March is Women's History Month! Take a look at our resources and explore the important contributions by women to all aspects of our civilization.

Women in American History

Pancho Barnes, Pilot

'We had more fun in a week than those weenies had in a lifetime.'

Ayn Rand, Author, Philosopher

'The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.'

Dorothea Lange, Photographer

'I many times encountered courage, real courage. Undeniable courage. I've heard it said that that was the highest quality of the human animal. I encountered that many times, in unexpected places. And I have learned to recognize it when I see it.'

Mother Jones (Mary Harris Jones), American Labor Leader

'I am not afraid of the pen, or the scaffold, or the sword. I will tell the truth wherever I please.'

Rosa Parks, Civil Rights Activist

'I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.'

Clara Barton, Humanitarian

'I have an almost complete disregard of precedent, and a faith in the possibility of something better. It irritates me to be told how things have always been done. I defy the tyranny of precedent. I go for anything new that might improve the past.'

Sacagawea , Explorer, Interpreter

Member of the Shoshone tribe of Native America. Sacagawea interpreted for the Lewis and Clark expedition, which mapped the course of the Missouri river 1804-1806.

Women in Contemporary America

Carrie Fisher, Actress and Writer

'I don't want my life to imitate art, I want my life to be art.'

Angela Davis, Activist

'I think the importance of doing activist work is precisely because it allows you to give back and to consider yourself not as a single individual who may have achieved whatever but to be a part of an ongoing historical movement.'

Anna Quindlen, Journalist, Novelist

'Look back, to slavery, to suffrage, to integration and one thing is clear. Fashions in bigotry come and go. The right thing lasts.'

Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, Presidential Candidate

'Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.'

Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court Justice, Lawyer

'We educated, privileged lawyers have a professional and moral duty to represent the underrepresented in our society, to ensure that justice exists for all, both legal and economic justice.'

Grace Lee Boggs, Activist

“History is not the past. It is the stories we tell about the past. How we tell these stories - triumphantly or self-critically, metaphysically or dialectally - has a lot to do with whether we cut short or advance our evolution as human beings.”

Gloria Steinem, Editor, Author, Activist

'The first resistance to social change is to say it's not necessary.'

Condoleezza Rice, Former Secretary of State

'The essence of America - that which really unites us - is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion - it is an idea - and what an idea it is: That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things.'

Michelle Obama, Lawyer, First Lady

'You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world's problems at once but don't ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.'

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