Women's History Month

 Gratia Alta Countryman Collection

Women's History Month was first designated by Congress in 1987. Hennepin County Library celebrates Women's History Month with displays, events, digital collections and book lists.


Maple Grove Library hosts a three-part series to celebrate National Women's History Month.

Women’s History Month: Marney Gellner - Gellner, sportscaster for the Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Minnesota Lynx, will discuss what it was and is like to be one of the few female sportscasters in Minnesota. Wednesday, March 7, 7-8 p.m.

Women’s History Month: Virginia M. Wright-Peterson - There were more than 40 women who were instrumental in the success of the internationally known Mayo Clinic. Wright-Peterson will unravel the importance of these women's roles in Minnesota history in her book, "Women of Mayo Clinic: The Founding Generation." Monday, March 12, 7-8 p.m.

Women’s History Month: Sharon Sayles Belton - Sayles Belton will discuss her journey to become, in 1993, the first African American and first woman to be elected mayor in the city of Minneapolis' 140-year history. Monday, March 19, 7-8 p.m.

Digital collections

Gratia Alta Countryman Collection - Gratia Alta Countryman (1866-1953) was the third director of the Minneapolis Public Library and the founder of the Hennepin County Library. In 1904 she succeeded James Kendall Hosmer as chief librarian, becoming the nation’s first female head librarian. She is pictured above.

Barbara Flanagan Collection - Photographs featuring Minneapolis journalist Barbara Flanagan, her family, and many of the individuals she met and interviewed during her long career.

Violet Glyer Collection - Over 300 photographs recording the experiences of a U.S. Army nurse in Europe and North Africa during World War II. At 35 years of age, Glyer enlisted as a nurse to serve in the U.S. Army shortly after Pearl Harbor. She served in the 26th General Hospital Unit (University of Minnesota) from 1942 through 1945.

More information about women from Minnesota's history is available on our Tumblr.

Book lists