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March 16, 1998

* Think Green: Can't make it to Ireland for St. Patrick's Day this week? No worry, because the Irish Times has a St. Patrick's Festival 98 site ( that'll make you feel like you're there. There are discussion boards, polls, pictures from the celebration, a quiz as well as parade and city guides. Be sure to check out the Ireland Abroad section, in which foreign correspondents report on St. Patrick's Day celebrations around the world. Lyrics to Irish folk songs can be found at Learn about the traditions and customs of St. Patrick's Day at The site also has the story of Maewyn, who would eventually become St. Patrick, and how the shamrock became the holiday's symbol. Kids can even help Paddy find his pot o' gold. Or you can read about the three myths associated with St. Patrick at /digitalisland/mythology/index.html

* Historic Women: You may be familiar with women-focused online magazines that have articles and discussions about the lives of today's women. But in honor of Women's History Month, take a look at sites about women's contributions in the past. Suite 101 ( a section dedicated to Women's History Month, with articles on their contributions to politics, science, music and more. The site also has links to women-in-history sites by kids and for kids.

The National Women's History Project ( dedicated to providing education, promotional material and information to celebrate women's contributions. For March, the site has a history of Women's History Month, the text of the congressional resolution making it official and the Women's History Month 1998 commemorative poster.

At Distinguished Women of Past and Present, you can search for biographies of women who have contributed to our culture in diverse ways. The site is at Encyclopaedia Britannica's Women in American History ( highlights women who have made a difference from early America through today.

You can take a video tour of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington at Or check out the museum's permanent collections, exhibitions, library and research center. The NMWA says it is the only museum in the world dedicated to displaying works by female artists of all periods and nationalities.

* Saluting Generals: Sure, it's just coincidence, but this month in history also marks the swearing-in of the first female surgeon general and attorney general. On March 9, 1990, Dr. Antonia Novello became not only the first woman to hold the post but also the first Latino. Check out her bio at And Janet Reno took office as head of the Justice Department on March 12, 1993. The attorney general's office is online at The site has annual reports, speeches by Reno, a biography and her initiative against gangs and youth violence.


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