In addition to St. Patrick’s Day and the Vernal Equinox, March is also when we celebrate women’s history. It was only as recent as 1987, when Congress passed a joint resolution (P.L 100-9) designating the month of March as Women’s History Month. Every U.S. President since then has issued annual proclamations renewing the resolution and designating the month of March as Women’s History Month.

The York Public Library has a special display of materials to celebrate and spotlight the achievements of strong women – both in real life and in novels. Be sure to check out recent titles including Hannah Jewell’s book “She Caused a Riot: 100 Unknown Women who Built Cities, Sparked Revolutions, & Massively Crushed It,” and Blair Imani’s “Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Non-Binary People Rewriting History.” Younger readers might enjoy Vashti Harrison’s “Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History”; Emily McCully’s “She Did It!: 21 Women who Changed the Way We Think”; and Stephanie Drimmer’s “Book of Heroines: Tales of History’s Gutsiest Gals.”

From the height of the women’s movement in the 1960s and1970s, revisit Betty Friedan’s “Feminine Mystique,” first published in 1963, or “The Women’s Room,” Marilyn French’s seminal novel that exploded onto the scene in 1977. Get a little local flavor by picking up Kate Kennedy’s “Maine’s Remarkable Women: Daughters, Wives, Sisters, and Mothers who Shaped History” or Laurel Ulrich’s “Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650-1750."

Learn more about the fight to earn women the right to vote - a battle marking its centennial this year - by watching the Ken Burns documentary “Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony” and paging through its accompanying illustrated history of the same title by Geoffrey Ward. Pint-sized patrons may be intrigued by Mara Rockliff’s “Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 miles” or “A Lady has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks out for Women’s Rights” by Kate Hannigan.

For a more all-encompassing perspective, read “From Eve to Dawn: A History of Women,” by Marilyn French. Unmatched in its scale, Publishers Weekly described the 4-volume series as “a significant addition to literature on women’s studies and history.”

International and personal perspectives can be found in Yousafzai’s biography “I am Malala” as well as Kristof and WuDunn’s riveting “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.”

And don’t forget about our museum passes! Check out the pass for Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, gain admission for less than half the price and take in some of the current exhibits honoring women such as Mexico’s Frida Kahlo and Graciela Iturbide – or shedding light on the previously unseen in “Made Visible: Contemporary South African Fashion and Identity.” Borrow our Historic New England pass and gain free admission to author Sarah Orne Jewett’s House Museum and Visitor Center in South Berwick. Or check out our pass for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston to save 2/3 the cost of admission. Walk the galleries and gardens of the mansion once inhabited by an eccentric society woman who assembled a world-class art collection she left for generations to enjoy.

However you choose to celebrate Women’s History Month, the library is here to help you identify and locate the resources you need.