In April, a speaker from The Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, Bambi Mroz, talked about how we are living in an age where women are rising to their feet and demanding to be empowered. For far too long women in general were classified as the weaker sex. However, through the years, women have challenged the traditional female roles and have gradually climbed up the social ladder. Fighting passionately to make their voices heard, accomplished individual women have challenged themselves as well as the public’s view to break down the gender barrier. One of the examples that Mrs. Mroz gave us was Loomis graduate Ella T. Grasso who was first woman governor in her own right. Though women have progressed in a number of areas, the fight for women’s rights is not over. Gender equality is an ongoing battle for women. Although there is still more work to do, women today have many more opportunities than women of previous generations. We, as women, shouldn’t be discouraged, because it’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock. The women of the past were the keys that opened the door for the women today. In the near future, there will be more women leaders opening more doors. I hope to be one of those women to open a brighter and better door for the future generations.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Feminist Task Force of the American Library Association presents the Women of Library History project. The project highlights valued women in libraries, past and present.
Read about the contributions of these important women in librarianship. For example, the March 1st entry is for Jean Arnot, Australian librarian and activist for equal pay for women. She worked for the State Library of New South Wales (formerly the Public Library of New South Wales) for over 47 years.
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