Women's History Month

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Wellington is proud to celebrate Women’s History Month in special recognition of the many contributions women have made to our country’s history and heritage. 

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. Visit the Library of Congress' Women's History Month website to learn more, and to find a list of virtual events and programs. 

Discover the History Behind Women's History Month

Did You Know? Women’s History Month started as Women’s History Week. Learn how this movement spread across the country as other communities initiated their own Women’s History Week celebrations.

Events Around Palm Beach County


Women’s Suffrage: A Portrait of Persistence – Exhibit from The Historical Society of Palm Beach County

Throughout March (during library hours)
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street  
Celebrate Women’s History Month with an exhibit from The Historical Society of Palm Beach County, “Women’s Suffrage: A Portrait of Persistence.” View the exhibit in the Urban Living Room during library hours throughout February. No registration is required. For more information, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.

Florida Women’s Fight for Suffrage

Saturday, March 5 from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
Join Dr. Peggy Macdonald, professor at Stetson University and Indian River State College, as she traces Florida’s suffrage movement from its origins to early successes. She will discuss key figures such as Fay Gibson Moulton Bridges, the first Florida woman to vote after the 19th Amendment passed; Former Florida First Lady May Mann Jennings, co-founder of the Florida chapter of the League of Women Voters; and Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, educator, and Civil Rights activist. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701.

Reproductive Rights in Literature with Africa Fine

Saturday, March 19 from 11:00 AM to Noon
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
Join English Professor Africa Fine from Palm Beach State College as she explores the topic of reproductive rights in literature throughout history and today. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701. 

An Afternoon with Doc Anna: Swamp Doctor of Florida

Sunday, March 20 from 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street
Join award-winning bilingual (Spanish/English) storyteller Carrie Sue Ayvar for the inspiring story of Dr. Anna Darrow, wife, mother, pharmacist, artist, veterinarian, and the second woman licensed to practice medicine in Florida. She braved swamps, alligators, venomous snakes, and dangerous outlaws so she could heal the sick, nurse the wounded, and deliver babies in the early 20th century. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit wpbcitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7701. 

Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote
Virtual Exhibit Presented by The Historical Society of Palm Beach County

Most Americans consider the ability to vote fundamental to the enjoyment of full citizenship. American women, however, were long denied that right. In 1920, American democracy expanded dramatically when the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, prohibiting states from denying the vote on the basis of gender. 

This landmark victory in voting rights was made possible only after decades of suffragists’ persistent political engagement, and yet it is just one critical milestone in women’s battle for the vote. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the exhibit Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote highlights the relentless struggle of diverse activists throughout U.S. history to secure voting rights for all American women.

This exhibit came to us from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit Service (SITES).

First But Not Last Online Exhibit

Explore the online exhibit, First but Not the Last. Learn more about barrier-breaking women who ran for office and ensured women are present wherever decisions are being made.