Celebrating Women’s History Month

Abigail AdamsThe month of March has been proclaimed as Women’s History Month to honor the influential women who fought for equality despite discrimination from a patriarchal society. Even today, the feminist movement is growing and gender inequality is becoming a thing of the past. This month is the opportune time to look back at those women who helped get our country to where we are today.

If you would like to read about inspiring women in history, JMRL has the following books in which you may be interested:

Abigail Adams by Woody Holton — A narrative based on previously un-mined documents reveals that the popular “Founding Mother” was willing to disagree with her husband, shrewd when investing the family fortune, and eager to correspond about men’s subjugation of women.

Rhythm and Folklore: The Story of Zora Neale Hurston by Kerrily Sapet — Details the life and accomplishments of one of the leading authors of the Harlem Renaissance, who struggled against many difficulties to maintain her independence and pursue her writing and her studies of African American folklore.

American Women of Flight: Pilots and Pioneers by Henry M. Holden — Ten biographies of women aviators, including Harriet Quimby, Bessie Coleman, Amelia Earhart, Jacqueline Cochran, Betty Skelton Frankman, Bonnie Tiburzi, Nelda Lee, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Colonel Eileen Collins, and Martha King.

Wilma Rudolph: The Greatest Woman Sprinter in History by Anne Schraff — Profiles Wilma Rudolph, who overcame childhood polio to become an Olympic medal-winning runner.

Heart on Fire: Susan B. Anthony Votes for President by Ann Malaspina — On November 5, 1872, Susan B. Anthony made history–and broke the law–when she voted in the US presidential election, a privilege that had been reserved for men. She was arrested, tried, and found guilty: “The greatest outrage History every witnessed,” she wrote in her journal. It wasn’t until 1920 that women were granted the right to vote, but the civil rights victory would not have been possible without Susan B. Anthony’s leadership and passion to stand up for what was right.

The staff at the library will be happy to help you find the book that is just right for you.

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