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Women's History Month

March marks Women’s History Month when we reflect and celebrate the history and accomplishments of Women in the United States. Back in 1987, Congress named March as National Women’s History Month and President Jimmy Carter specifically named March 2nd through March 8th as National Women’s History Week. As time progresses, we continue to celebrate the remarkable steps that women have been making throughout history. Learn more about Women’s history and their amazing contribution to components of society with these titles from our collection.

Beyoncé - The self-named album by the world renown Beyoncé Knowles, was released on December 13, 2013 by Parkwood Entertainment and Columbia Records. The album contained a wide variety of genres such as Pop, Hip Hop, R&B and more. Additionally, the collection of songs received the American Music Award for Favorite Album Soul/R&B, the Soul Train Award for Album/Mixtape of the Year, and the Grammy Award for Best Surround Sound Album.

My Life on the Road - This 2015 autobiography was written by American feminist, journalist and social political activist, Gloria Steinem. This Ohio native and Smith College alumni started to become widely known for her great contribution to the American feminist movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s. She was also a co-founder of Ms. Magazine and a columnist for New York magazine. Steinem’s autobiography explains in further detail about her early life and the rise towards her career.

Frida - This film is a biography of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Kahlo is one of the world’s most famous artists, and she inspires many individuals today. The 2002 movie includes how Kahlo channeled the pain of crippling injury and her explosive marriage into her art work.

Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi illustrates her life from her childhood to her early adult years in Iran during and post Islamic Revolution through a graphic autobiography. The pictorial novel shows the hardships many women, like Satrapi, had to face and serves a reminder of the severity of political and social situations. The book received so much public approval that a movie form of the book was released in 2007.

We Should All Be Feminists - This Ted Talk was given by feministic Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, whom was also featured in the previously mentioned album Beyoncé. During the talk, Adichie explains the importance of feminist in society. Adichie is also known for her novel Americanah.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg - Also known as The Notorious RBG, Ginsburg is the second ever female Supreme Court Justice and the only female serving the court as of now. This Cornell University and Columbia Law School alumni was appointed by President Bill Clinton and took the oath of office on August 10, 1993.

Amelia Earhart: Beyond the Grave - Written by W. C. Jameson, the autobiography includes an analysis of the life and disappearance of the first woman to ever fly solo over the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart. The book was originally published on January 5, 2016 and raises the question, did Amelia’s plane actually crash and sink in 1937, or was her fate different?

The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote - Written by Elaine Weiss, the book describes the rigorous fight for women’s suffrage and the creation of the 19th Amendment. The book was originally published on March 6, 2018 and was nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards Best History & Biography.

Betsy Ross and the American Flag - The article, written by Elizabeth Porter Gould, explains the buildup of the creation of the American flag. The article reminds society that the U.S. would never have the iconic flag without a woman’s hard work.

Harriet Tubman: The Life and the Life Stories - Originally published in 2003, this book by Jean McMahon Humez serves as a biography of the great Harriet Tubman. Tubman is widely known for her contribution to the abolishment of slavery and how she was the Underground Railroad heroine.