Women’s History


Did you know?

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Learn more and start your own conversation.


Henrico Happenings – Episode 31 – Sheriff Alisa Gregory

In March, we’re celebrating Women’s History Month. Sheriff Alisa Gregory is the first woman to lead the Henrico County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Gregory shares details of her journey and encourages other women to consider a career in law enforcement in this episode of Henrico Happenings.

Women’s History Month spotlight: Henrico County Police SWAT Sniper N.C. Elliot

Detective N.C. Elliott is the first and only female sniper on the Henrico County Police SWAT Team. She can shoot something as small as a bullet casing from 100 yards away. That’s the length of a football field! Elliott didn’t think twice about pursuing a career that is dominated by men. She encourages other women to do the same. “If it’s what you want and you’re good at it, go for it.” #WomensHistoryMonth

Women’s History Month spotlight: Henrico County Police Officer Heidi Rojas

Police Officer Heidi Rojas works to strengthen relationships with Henrico’s culturally diverse communities. Her first language is Spanish, which helps her connect with the county’s Hispanic residents and translate for Henrico County Police. She is a member of the division’s Intercultural Liaison Partnership and serves as the Hispanic Latina Liaison. Officer Rojas says now is a welcome time for women in policing. “This is a new generation where we can support each other and try to create our own space in this career.”

Heritage | Resources

Discovering, becoming and unveiling may be one of the most consistent orbital patterns for women throughout history. Mirrors highlight our differences and reveal our similarities, while conversations, research and art weave connections you never knew existed. Stop by again and again. You will always uncover something new.

National Endowment for the Humanities

National Archives

National Park Service

Smithsonian Education

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


Discover Women’s History through storytelling.

Henrico County Public Library invites you to enjoy events, book selections and discussions about Women in history.

Women’s History Month Books for Teens 

Book Discussions 

La Biblioteca Pública del Condado de Henrico le da la Bienvenida

We love celebrating Women’s History Month at Henrico County Public Library. Learning about incredible women and their accomplishments is always fun and enlightening. This year, we asked library staff to tell us about women who inspire them.

Here’s what they said:

Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts – ‘Right is right, even if no one else does it.’” – Gayle

“It’s a recent addition to my roster of amazing females, but I have been really inspired by Tiffany Haddish in the last year. She has worked hard for a long time, loves to make people laugh, and always tries to maintain a positive view on things, even when the situation is not so positive. These are several of my own goals!” – Dee

“Canadian short story writer, Alice Monroe, inspires me! I love her visceral style and unsettling stories about human relationships. She began writing in her 50’s and won the Nobel Prize in Literature when she was 81.” – Barbara

Fran Adams – If I become even half the woman my grandmother is I will be thrilled. Whether she’s bicycling across Europe, geocaching with new friends, or texting her grandchildren, she defies aging stereotypes every step of the way. She is the definition of a life-long learner and inspires me to do the same!” – Jamie

“I am inspired by Dorothea Dix, who worked relentlessly to improve care and conditions for the mentally ill in the 1830’s. She traveled so much that she started carrying a repair kit with her because she got tired of being stranded when stagecoaches broke down! She was also responsible for organizing the Union Army’s nursing corps and her pursuit of excellence made her the terror of generals and nurses alike. Because of her campaigns, travels, and writing, people began treating the mentally ill with compassion and care all over the world – and she never sought credit for it.” – Awnali

“Writer, comedian, and actress Phoebe Robinson is an inspiration to me in many ways. She’s hilarious, she stands up for herself without taking herself too seriously, and she uses her platform to speak up about important social issues.” – Amy

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