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Celebrating Women’s History Month in Toledo

Here's some ways to learn, honor and celebrate the contributions of women past and present, all month long!

Images in Graphic: Courtesy of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, obtained from http://images2.toledolibrary.org/. See bottom of page for full source information. 

Each March we celebrate Women’s History Month, a time to recognize the contributions of women to history and our society today.

Toledo has a rich history and current landscape filled with influential women. The Glass City is the birthplace of women like writer and activist, Gloria Steinem, and Marcy Kaptur, longest serving woman in the history of the U.S. House of Representatives. Toledo was also the home of Ella P. Stewart, one of the first African-American female pharmacists in the United States and Josina Lott, a pioneer in the developmental disabilities field. Whether it is looking at our past or present, the women of Toledo have and continue to pave the way for leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

One important way to celebrate and support women today and all year long is by doing business with and supporting Women-Owned Businesses. Some great resources for finding Women-Owned Businesses in Toledo include, the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce and Her Hub of Greater Toledo that offer comprehensive lists to get you started.

The Glass City also has a great line-up of virtual programming around this annual national celebration! Check out this list of Women’s History Month events, exhibitions and activities coming up to educate, honor and empower all month long.

Exhibitions & Activities

The American Woman & World War II
Toledo Lucas County Public Library

EXHIBITION | March 1 – October 1, 2021 (Available In-Person or Online)
Toledo Lucas County Main Library, 325 N Michigan St, Toledo, OH 43604

This exhibit will highlight the monumental roles that women played in World War II, on both the national and local front, through an array of photos, periodicals, and documents from the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library collection. Exhibit located in the Fact and Fiction Department at Main Library and viewable during library hours.

There’s also an expanded digital exhibit with additional resources. VIEW NOW

 

Toledo Women Walking Tour
Toledo Lucas County Public Library
PODCAST/WALKING TOUR
Listen to the lives of Toledo women who made a difference as you walk, ride, or drive with our four-part podcast. Each episode will take you on a tour of a Toledo neighborhood, highlighting the women who lived and worked in the area.



Special Events

Spring Lecture Series: “Ladies of the Lights: Michigan Women in the U.S. Lighthouse Service”
National Museum of the Great Lakes
VIRTUAL EVENT | Wednesday, February 24, 2021 | 8:30 p.m.

Ladies of the Lights explores the history of Michigan women in the U.S. Lighthouse Service that defied the gender expectations of their time to serve the sailing communities of the Great Lakes. This is a free, virtual event. Donations to the museum are always appreciated.

 

Virtual Women’s Economic Empowerment: 2021 International Women's Day
Women of Toledo
VIRTUAL EVENT | Monday, March 8, 2021 | 11:30 - 1 p.m.

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Women of Toledo (WOT) and the Toledo Lucas County Public Library -Welcome TLC, presenting a virtual Women Economic Empowerment (WEE) Power Hour on building an inclusive community.

 

Talking Circle with Steinem Sisters Collection
Toledo Lucas County Public Library
VIRTUAL EVENT | Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 6:30 p.m.

An informal discussion of a provocative topic related to feminism. All voices welcome. This month's topic: Hidden Figures: the Unsung Heroes of Women's History.

 

Girl Power!
Imagination Station

VIRTUAL EVENT | Sunday - Saturday, March 14 - 20, 2021

Imagination Station will once again inspire girls to become the next generation of engineers, doctors and researchers during Girl Power! - presented by Toledo Edison and FirstEnergy Foundation. This year, the annual program has expanded and will be delivered virtually and FREE. The Virtual Keynote Speech will take place live on March 20 by Katie Sowers. Sowers is the second woman to hold a full-time NFL coaching position and the first openly gay coach in the league. 

 

Women's History Month Virtual Book Group
Toledo Lucas County Public Library
VIRTUAL EVENT | Tuesday, March 16, 2021 | 6:30 p.m.

Celebrate Women's History Month with a lively and engaging online book discussion. Book: Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger by Rebecca Traister. The meetings take place via Zoom. Registered participants will be emailed meeting information prior to the event starting.

 

Authors! with Sister Souljah
Toledo Lucas County Public Library

VIRTUAL EVENT | Wednesday, March 31, 2021 | 7 p.m.

Enjoy this FREE virtual talk with Sister Souljah about her latest book, Life After Death, in celebration of Women's History Month. Hosted by Toledo Lucas County Public Library.

 

 

Images in Graphic Source Information:
Top Row (Left to Right):

  • Untitled, Image 7376, (1934), Image courtesy of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, obtained from http:///images2.toledolibrary.org/.
  • “Mrs. Ella P. Stewart portrait” (1955?), Image courtesy of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, obtained from http:///images2.toledolibrary.org/.
  • “Josina Lott”, (1962?), Image courtesy of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, obtained from http:///images2.toledolibrary.org/.
  • Untitled, Image 15084, (1915?), Image courtesy of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, obtained from http:///images2.toledolibrary.org/.
  • Untitled, Image 2465, (1940), Image courtesy of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, obtained from http:///images2.toledolibrary.org/.

Bottom Row (Left to Right):

  • Untitled, Image 6648, (1900?), Image courtesy of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, obtained from http:///images2.toledolibrary.org/.
  • Untitled, Image 2000.301.197, (1965), Image courtesy of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, obtained from http:///images2.toledolibrary.org/.
  • “Lucas County Equal Sufferage League”, (09/02/1912), Image courtesy of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, obtained from http:///images2.toledolibrary.org/.