Celebrate Women’s History Month with CPL

Join CPL in celebrating Women's History Month in March. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which was ratified August 18, 1920 and guaranteed women's right to vote. Explore suffrage history, women in politics and women's activism with our events, reading recommendations and exhibits.

Our opening event, African American Women and the Vote: A Centennial Review, features presentations by two prominent authors and advocates, Kathleen Thompson and Michelle Duster. It is at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 6 at Harold Washington Library Center. 


Attend exciting events for all ages throughout March. Highlights include:

Arts and Crafts

  • Suffragist Stenciled Tote Bag, Saturday, March 28, Harold Washington Library Center: Create a high-quality tote bag in the Maker Lab.
  • Protest Poster Design, Monday, March 16, Little Italy Branch: Learn to express your convictions visually using symbols and design in this class with artist Elaine Luther.
  • Women's History Collage Night, Tuesday, March 24, Harold Washington Library Center: Make a collage celebrating the 19th Amendment and other milestones in women's history.
  • Votes for Women Photo Shoot by YOUmedia Teens, Monday, March 16, Independence Branch.

Film Screenings and Performances

Films and performances celebrating women will take place at CPL locations across the city. 

  • Historic Portrayal of Eleanor Roosevelt, Saturday, March 28, Garfield Ridge Branch: Actress and historian Roberta Randall depicts the fascinating life of the first lady, United Nations delegate, chairman of the Commission on Human Rights, newspaper columnist, mother, wife and world traveler.
  • Film Screening: Suffragette (2015), Friday, March 13, Albany Park Branch: A working-class laundress in 19th century London joins the fight for women's suffrage.

Recommended Reading


Teens and Kids


Nighttime Stories: Collage by Maryann Miceli on Exhibit at HWLC. Crafted from images from fairy tales and children's stories, these artworks tell tales of good versus evil, dreams and nightmares. On display March 1 through April 29 in the Popular Library at Harold Washington Library Center.

Continuing the Legacy: Celebrating 60 Years of Debutante Cotillions on Exhibit at Woodson Regional Library. This exhibit examines The Links, Inc. Chicago Chapter’s organizational history, philanthropy and volunteer services, and debutante cotillions. Historical documents, photographs and debutante clothing will be on display. The Opening Ceremony, including a presentation by Chicago Links members, is Sunday, March 8. The exhibit runs March 8 through June 30 at Woodson Regional Library.