That’s What She Said: Celebrating Women’s History Month

Did you know that March is Women’s History Month? In the United States, Women’s History Month traces its origins back to the first International Women’s Day in 1911, which then turned into Women’s History Week when President Jimmy Carter issued a presidential proclamation declaring March 8, 1980 as National Women’s History Week. This eventually developed into Women’s History Month when Congress passed Public Law 100-9, officially making March 1987 Women’s History Month, which then in turn led to additional resolutions in the years that followed to grant future presidents the authority to declare every March as Women’s History Month. The Katharine Brush Library is sharing in the celebration this year with our That’s What She Said display on the second floor. This display highlights quotes by women activists, scientists, politicians, and artists who have paved the way for women today and showcases books by and about some of these women, including Gloria Steinem, Hillary Clinton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Eleanor Roosevelt.  

Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

After Fitzgerald was first introduced to me in my freshman English class, I was captivated by his intricate plots and in-depth depiction of the characters’ emotions and thoughts. I then decided to go on a Fitzgerald binge, and the intrigue of Tender Is the Night proved my choice to be a good one.

At the start of the story, the protagonist Dick is presented as a mysterious, almost omnipotent man. In the eyes of young Rosemary, Dick is an attractive medical man with good manners, and she falls in love with him at first sight. However, as the story progresses, Dick became weaker and weaker in my eyes as his insecurities and impotencies are exposed. As a romantic scholar who is living a luxurious life that is forced upon him and therefore repulsive to him, he deteriorates throughout the course of the book to his eventual demise. Dick is depicted as an accomplished man with ambitions and numerous opportunities at the start of the book, yet, in the end, his loved ones all left him and he ends up living in oblivion. The inner thoughts of Dick and his interactions with both Rosemary and his wife, Nicole, were fascinating to read about. More than just a beautiful, tragic, love story, Tender Is the Night unveiled to me the conflicts and beauties of human relationships and society.

book cover tender is the night