Monday, March 01, 2021 Estefany Mendoza Salazar

In 1986 the National Women’s History Project petitioned Congress to declare March as Women’s History Month. Since then we have celebrated women and all their contributions. In 2020 we honored the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment. This year's theme is “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silenced.”

The first women’s rights convention was held in 1848 by organizers Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott.  This convention sparked the fire that eventually led to the women’s suffrage movement and the ratification of the 19th Amendment which was forefronted by Susan B. Anthony. Through this ratification, women were granted the right to vote. Though some were finally seen as equal others were continuing the fight. The civil rights movement introduced to the world brave women like Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, and little Ruby Bridges

In the ’60s and ’70s, we saw the second wave of feminism, mainly through activism by Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, and Bella Abzug. During this time we also saw the government take action towards gender equality and women’s rights. In 1963 the Equal Pay Act was passed, followed by Title IX (1972) which prohibits sex discrimination in academics, and Roe v. Wade (1973) which makes abortion legal in the U.S.

Since America's establishment in 1776 women have fought for gender equality and have opened the doors for future generations in many fields. In science figures like Katherine Johnson, Marie Curie, and Jane Goodall. In sports women like Billie Jean King, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and Serena Williams. And in politics trailblazers like Madeleine Albright, Shirley Chisholm, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Throughout this month, we encourage you to visit your nearest library location to learn more about these revolutionary women and the many others that have shaped the world.

Movies

  • Hidden Figure
    • As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history.
  • A League of Their Own
    • The true story of the women's professional baseball league during WWII.
  • Roma
    • Alfonso Cuaron recreated the early 1970s Mexico City of his childhood, narrating a tumultuous period in the life of a middle-class family through the experiences of Cleo, the indigenous domestic worker who keeps the household running.
  • Wonder Woman
    • Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.
  • Frida
    • Explores the Mexican artist's eventful life, focusing on her unique, iconoclastic sensibility, her tumultuous marriage to Diego Rivera, and her many affairs.
  • Little Women
    • Four sisters living with their mother in New England during the Civil War without the guidance of their father, who is away serving with the Union army, learn about life and love as they grow up.
  • RBG
    • "At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans--until now. RGB explores Ginsburg's life and career"--Container.
  • A Ballerina’s Tale
    • Iconic ballerina Misty Copeland made history when she became the first African-American woman to be named principal dancer of the legendary American Ballet Theater.
  • The Help
    • In 1960s Mississippi, Skeeter, a southern society girl, returns from college determined to become a writer but turns her friends' lives, and a small Mississippi town, upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families.
  • Queen of Katwe
    • Based on the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.
  • Suffragette
    • Inspired by true events, a moving drama exploring the passion and heartbreak of the women who risked everything in their fight for equality in early 20th century Britain.

Books

  • Beloved
    • Sethe, an escaped slave living in post-Civil War Ohio with her daughter and mother-in-law, is persistently haunted by the ghost of her dead baby girl.
  • My Life on the Road
    • A feminist activist and co-founder of "Ms." magazine present a memoir comprised of reflections on definitive events in her career, from her time on the campaign trail and interactions with political leaders to her visits to India and her encounters with"civilian" feminists. - (Baker & Taylor)
  • The Lady in Gold
    • The spellbinding story--part fairy tale, part suspense--of Klimt's most famous painting, one of the most emblematic portraits of its time: the beautiful, seductive Viennese Jewish salon hostess who sat for it; the notorious, "degenerate'' artist who painted it; the now-vanished turn-of-the-century Vienna that shaped it; and the strange twisted fate that befell it.
  • Mary Tudor
    • An unadulterated look at "Bloody Mary"--elder daughter of Henry VIII, Catholic zealot, and England's first and most murderous queen--argues that history has treated the much-maligned monarch unfairly.
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran
    • The author describes growing up in the Islamic Republic of Iran and the group of young women who came together at her home in secret every Thursday to read and discuss great books of Western literature.
  • Joan of Arc
    • A fully documented portrait of the fifteenth-century peasant-turned-saint draws on historical facts, folklore, and centuries of critical interpretation to evaluate the questions attributed to her character.
  • We Should All be Feminists
    • It offers an updated definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. - (Baker & Taylor)
  • Wild
    • A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again.
  • My Beloved World
    • The first Hispanic American on the U.S. Supreme Court shares the story of her life before becoming a judge, describing her youth in a Bronx housing project, the ambition that fueled her ivy league education, and the individuals who helped shape her career. - (Baker & Taylor)

Children’s Books

  • A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon
    • Shares the story of the pioneering African American mathematician, Katherine Johnson, who helped calculate America's first manned flight into space, its first manned orbit of Earth, and the world's first trip to the moon. - (Baker & Taylor)
  • A Is For Awesome
    • Instagram superstar Eva Chen, author of Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes, is back with an alphabet board book featuring spirited illustrations that depict 23 feminist icons. - (Baker & Taylor)
  • Brave Ballerina
    • Janet Collins wanted to be a ballerina in the 1930s and '40s, a time when racial segregation was widespread in the United States. From her early childhood lessons to the height of her success as the first African-American prima ballerina in the Metropolitan Opera, this is the story in rhyme of her artistic career.
  • Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World
    • Presents the lives of women creators throughout history, including profiles of Ada Lovelace, Bessie Blount Griffin, Yayoi Kosama, and Calypso Rose.
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  • What is the Women’s Rights Movement?
    • The story of Girl Power! Learn about the remarkable women who changed US history. 
  • Born Curious
    • "A collection of biographies of twenty groundbreaking women scientists who were curious kids and grew up to make incredible discoveries"-- Provided by publisher.

Sources

https://www.britannica.com/event/womens-movement/Successes-and-failures

https://time.com/4551817/50-women-political-history/

https://www.history.com/topics/womens-history/womens-history-us-timeline

https://nmaahc.si.edu/sites/default/files/images/black_women_civil_rights_movement_5.pdf

https://www.history.com/topics/womens-history/the-fight-for-womens-suffrage

https://womenshistorymonth.gov/about/

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https://parade.com/1005752/hilaryweaver/best-feminist-movies/

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https://www.history.com/topics/womens-history/womens-history-us-timeline