Women’s History Month

It's Women's History Month, and the Oakland History Center is recognizing the achievements of Oakland women!

Women have long collaborated with one another to get things done, well before they had the right to vote or other basic rights. Since the earliest decades of our city's formation, women have been carving out spaces to gather, to educate, and to organize for the future of our communities.

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The Oakland History Center collects materials from many groups who have informed our city's history. In our archival collections and vertical files, you can find more information on the following topics:  The Women’s Suffrage Movement, women’s clubs such as the Rockridge Woman’s Club, resource centers and shelters founded by women and more. 

Oakland History Center


"For the Advancement of Women" Oakland Women's Club Movement

Women's organizations have led the way in advancing Oakland's cultural and philanthropic life.

Black Women and Political Leadership

Oakland History Center librarian Dorothy Lazard & guests discuss the influence of Black women in political leadership over the past decade.

Appointments are recommended, but not required.

To schedule an appointment, please visit our online scheduler, opens a new window (requires an email address) or call (510) 238-3134.

Questions related to women's history in Oakland are eagerly accepted at ohc@oaklandlibrary.org.

Access Vertical File Collections such as:

  • Women of Color Resource Center
  • Women's Suffrage Movement
  • A Safe Place (an Oakland women's shelter for survivors of domestic violence)
  • Oakland Women's Rowing Club
  • Women in World War II
  • Chinese Young Women's Society of Oakland
  • Women in various fields such as aviation, medicine, and business

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