Young women with sign 'Self Supporting Women.'

Unknown. Young women with sign ‘Self Supporting Women.’ May, 1914. Gelatin silver print. Image and data from The Schlesinger History of Women in America Collection.

In 1909, we honored the first International Women’s Day. That day has extended from a week to a month in many countries – the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia. In celebration of this hopeful rite of March, we have identified some of the resources, both licensed and public, that JSTOR provides on the inspiring topic of women.

Women’s lives, accomplishments, and movements are chronicled in three historic and journalistic collections of photography (all licensed): the Schlesinger Library of the History of Women in America presents more than 33,600 images that provide a record by and of women in this country from the 19th through 20th centuries, while Magnum Photos highlights the diverse women who have made history from the 1930s to the present, and Panos Pictures delves into the lives and issues that women face across the globe in the 21st century.

The historic perspective is amplified by specialized public collections, freely available to everyone, notably Wilson College: Women’s Suffrage Broadsides and Brochures and Cornell: International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union Photographs.

The eloquence of women is expressed in art, literature, music, and dance. Collections from the Nigerian/American artist Wangechi Mutu and the Pacita Abad Art Estate exemplify global and contemporary concerns of women, while the selections from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and Judy Chicago speak to the groundbreaking mark made by American feminist artists. Lives of extraordinary impact are also illustrated in biographical public collections: the University of Pennsylvania: Marian Anderson Collection of Photographs, and Chatham University- Collection on Rachel Carson, among others.

The above identify some of our monographic collections. The work and lives of women may also be seen throughout hundreds of mixed collections across JSTOR and our public content. We invite you to seek your own inspiration: Elizabeth Catlett, Artemisia Gentileschi, Margaret Bourke-White, Susan B. Anthony, Zaha Hadid, Kara Walker, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Kiki Smith, Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth I of England, Louise Bourgeois, Frida Kahlo, Ana Mendieta, Cleopatra, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, Yayoi Kusama, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Eleanor Roosevelt, Marie Curie, Maya Angelou, Maya Ying Lin, Colette, Rosa Parks… 

Women wait in line to cast their votes in Southern Sudan.

Sven Torfinn. Women wait in line to cast their votes, Southern Sudan. 2011. Photograph. © Sven Torfinn / Panos Pictures.

— Nancy Minty, collections editor