We’re excited to be hosting Philanthropy Day in the library today. Students, faculty, and staff are writing postcards to thank donors and enjoying brownies for Hezekiah Loomis’s birthday.
Oh, and Dr. Culbert came through with the promised pink (and/or purple) hair for exceeding the goal of 1,000 donors for Philanthropy Day ….
Feminist and women’s rights advocate Gloria Steinem marked a milestone on Tuesday, March 25th, when she turned 80 years old. A journalist and freelance writer during the 1960s, Gloria Steinem published her first “serious” article (as she would later describe the assignment) in 1962 on the way in which women are forced to choose between having a career and getting married and having a family. The following year, Gloria went undercover as a Playboy bunny in the New York Playboy Club to learn about the working conditions and sexual exploitation of Playboy bunnies. Her investigative report, written under the title “A Bunny’s Tale”, was published in Show magazine and turned into a movie in the 1980s. In 1969, she attended and wrote about an abortion speak-out in New York for New York Magazine. Gloria Steinem herself had had an abortion when she was 22 and this rally encouraged her to take a professional activist stance on abortion rights. She campaigned for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) along with other social and legal reforms that would help women and promote equality.
In 1972, Gloria Steinem co-founded the feminist driven Ms. Magazine. Originally intended as a special issue of New York Magazine, Ms. Magazine received so much support through written letters from women and purchase sales that it became a regular issue magazine. The magazine is still published quarterly and continues to focus on women’s issues, although it has been run by the Feminist Majority Foundation since 2001. The Katharine Brush Library is highlighting Ms. Magazine as part of our 1st floor library display on Gloria Steinem. Help us mark Gloria’s 80th birthday and her contribution to women’s rights by reading one of the books on or by her and viewing the covers of selected Ms. Magazines from over the past 40+ years.
If you examine the front cover article titles close enough, you will notice that many of the issues women were dealing with in the 1970s and 1980s are still ones we are working to resolve today. These problems include balancing career and family, domestic violence, body image issues, sexual harassment, and breaking down prescribed gender roles. One other interesting tidbit: Did you know that the 1st issue of Ms. Magazine in 1972 ran the headline “Wonder Woman for President”? Here it is 2014 and there still has yet to be a female president!
Walt Disney once said, “Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever.” Try to imagine a world without Walt Disney, and you would surely picture a life with a little less magic, a little less happiness, and a little less hope. Walt Disney spoke about never growing up, believing in yourself, taking chances, and working hard to achieve your dreams. Despite receiving many hard knocks throughout life himself, Walt Disney continued to embody the whimsical traits he spoke of and demonstrated the level of perseverance and passion he believed so strongly in each time he pulled himself back up after having fallen. Who would have thought that one of the world’s greatest animators and entrepreneurs had, early in his career, been fired from a Kansas City newspaper for lacking creativity and good ideas? If Walt Disney had given up then — or even when his first company when bankrupt — there would be no Mickey Mouse or Disneyland or entertainment as we know it.
This December, join the Katharine Brush Library in celebrating Walt Disney’s birthday! If you stop into the library at some point over the next couple of weeks, you will be greeted by a first floor display consisting of a book of Mickey Mouse cartoon strips, several animated Disney DVDs, and QR Codes that link you to e-books about Walt Disney’s life. We also have a basket of special magnetic Disney bookmarks! Feel free to pick one up with your favorite Disney character — Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, or Donald Duck!