March has been deemed “Women’s History Month” in Atlanta and across the country. Its roots go back to to 1911, when a day was set aside to honor women’s contributions to society and our country. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter made the second week in March National Women’s History Week, and in 1987, both houses of Congress got together and passed a bill making March National Women’s History Month. It’s a month to celebrate the numerous contributions of women in history and across fields like sports, performing arts, politics and science. The month is also celebrated in the United Kingdom and Australia.

Spelman College (Credit, Rick Limpert)

Spelman College
350 Spelman Lane S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30314
(404) 681-3643

No history tour of Atlanta should miss the campus of Spelman College. Founded in 1881, Spelman College, located right in the heart of Atlanta, is one of the top institutions in the world that primarily educates African American women. The beautiful Spelman campus is home to over 2,100 students and these students make a commitment to positive social change through service. Alice Walker, Esther Rolle and Keshia Knight Pulliam are all noteworthy graduates of Spelman.

Margaret Mitchell House
990 Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 249-7015

Since you are in the South and in Atlanta, it’s the perfect time to visit the Margaret Mitchell House, which is part of the Atlanta History Center. This is the three-story, Tudor-style building where Margaret Mitchell lived and wrote her Pulitzer-Prize winning book, “Gone With the Wind.” This is one of Atlanta’s most revered landmarks and a tourist attraction. Margaret Mitchell’s legacy lives on as one of America’s best known authors, so this is a perfect spot to visit for Women’s History Month. Tours run daily.

“Anne Frank” (Credit, Rick Limpert)

Anne Frank Exhibit In Sandy Springs
5920 Roswell Road, Suite 209
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
(770) 206-1558

Step back in time and see a great collection of photos and essays that tell the story of a young girl and her family in Amsterdam hiding from the German insurgents. Visitors will be amazed by this carefully curated collection. You will also be able to watch a 28-minute video with actual footage of Anne Frank. This exhibit is about honoring the memory of Anne Frank and all those lost in the Holocaust during World War II. The exhibit is self-guided and it is free.

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Lucy Hargrett Draper Collections On Women’s Rights, Advocacy And The Law
Georgia State University Library
100 Decatur St. S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 413-2880

One of the best-kept secrets for history buffs in Atlanta is the collection of documents and archives on Lucy Hargrett Draper. Draper was a leader in state and local women’s rights as well as a proponent of legal equality for women. Georgia State University’s library has the definitive collection on Draper’s life. The collection is housed on the 8th floor of the library and was endowed by Draper herself.

2015 Women’s History Month Film Series
Atlanta-Fulton Central Library
1 Margaret Mitchell Square
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 730-1700

Date: March 17, 24 and 31, 2015

The films that will be aired will be “Veronica Guerin,” “Amelia” and “Rebel: Loreta Velazquez, Secret Soldier of the American Civil War.” These are three powerful movies that each tell a unique story. Come on down to the Atlanta-Fulton Library on these Tuesdays in March to view this free film series.

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