Women’s History Month 2022: Agents of Change

Traci Reece, Reference Librarian

The 2022 Women’s History Month themeWomen Providing Healing, Promoting Hope” honors the incredible impact and sacrifice of women in public and private roles throughout history.

Photo of an Austin Fire Department firefighter. Public relations committee files, 1978/032-7-TWU images-10, Texas International Women’s Year Coordinating Committee Records. TSLAC. View in the TDA.

As we enter the third year under the cloud of the COVID-19 global pandemic, we can look back at the collective sacrifice of caregivers and frontline responders as agents of healing and hope. We invite you to explore inspiring stories from our publications and online collections by and about Texas women as agents of change.


Titles from the Texas State Library collections related to Women’s History Month.

Agent of change : Adela Sloss-Vento, Mexican American Civil Rights Activist and Texas Feminist by Cynthia E. Orozco, 2021. Texas Documents collection, Z UA380.8 OR68ag
Biography of essayist Adela Sloss-Vento (1901-1998) documents her rise from Jim Crow/Juan Crow era to prominent pioneer of the Mexican American civil rights movement.

On Juneteenth by AnnetteGordon-Reed, 2021. Main collection, 394.263 G658o
Texas native and Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Gordon-Reed knits history, family, and memoir to create a compelling yet intimate portrait of Juneteenth and its unique impact on the narrative of Texas history.

Voice Lessons by Alice Embree, 2021. Texas Documents collection, Z UA380.8 EM12vo
Austin activist and feminist Alice Embree recounts her evolution through the women’s liberation movement of the 1960s and 1970s. 

See our Featured Collections blog posts for additional women’s history topics:

Online Exhibits

Panoramic photograph of nurses at “Nurses Base Hospital, Camp Travis, March 27, 1918. Prints and Photographs Collection, 1/142-L345. TSLAC.

Hear Laura Bush read the 1919 broadside “Handicapped” on our Voices of Texas History online exhibit.

Explore documents and images of “Texas Women in World War I” in our Texans Take to the Trenches online exhibit.

Watch the video introducing our exhibit Women’s Power, Women’s Vote.

Photo of Susan Cunningham, Denton Police Department officer. Public relations committee files,1978/032-7-TWU images 7, Texas International Women’s Year Coordinating Committee Records. TSLAC. View in the TDA.

Related Resources

Visit the National Women’s History Alliance website for more information about the2022 Women’s History Month theme “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope”.

The Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) Handbook of Texas Women features articles on a variety of women’s history topics, with related links and bibliographies for further reading. The project website includes additional resources for educators, enthusiasts, and students.

Additional women’s history resources are available on the Women in Texas History and Peoples History in Texas websites.