Virginia Woolf famously said, "For most of history, Anonymous was a woman." The Birmingham Public Library has put a face and name to some of the women behind the rise of Birmingham, Alabama's largest city. The Archives Department’s Women’s History resource pages contain information on Birmingham’s suffrage movement; women’s business, political, artistic, and social clubs; and in-depth background on some of the prominent individuals and families of early Birmingham. BPL Digital Collections contain photographs and newspaper clippings about the women artists, inventors, homemakers, business leaders, and humanitarians who made the news.
Women's History Month is celebrated each year in March. Visit BPL's women's history collections to learn about the contributions these women made to Birmingham's history.
Archives Department Collections
Newspaper Articles and Books