For the next month, the Katharine Brush Library will be featuring a Words Have Power book display on the second floor in observance of both Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March). Whether you pick up Barack Obama’s autobiography, scan the QR code for an ebook on Martin Luther King, Jr., choose a book about Gloria Steinem, or instead opt for a biography on Susan B. Anthony, there is something here to peak everyone’s interests. Come be inspired by the words of men and women who pushed boundaries, challenged the norms, and paved the way for future generations … you may even be surprised and even meet a new hero!
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.