Sullivan Library’s monthly Book Display for the month of March supports gender parity in recognition of International Women’s Day, as well as National Women’s History Month!
2018 Women’s March in NYC, photographed by Sierra Sheridan
March 2-8 was designated as National Women’s History Week by President Jimmy Carter in 1980, and in his presidential message addressing Women’s History Week as a national celebration, he strongly urged “libraries, schools, and community organizations to focus their observances on the leaders who struggled for gender equality in America (MacGregor, NWHP).”
“From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation,” stated President Jimmy Carter in his opening statement of the 1980 speech in which he designated March 2-8 as National Women’s History Week.
In the seven years that followed President Carter’s speech, 14 states took the liberty of expanding their support for the cause by designating the entire month of March as a commemoration for the history of women in America.
Former President Carter mentioned Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Lucy Stone, Harriet Tubman, and Alice Paul, among others, as he recognized the profound impact that various remarkable women have had in helping to build the United States into the nation that it is today.
“Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength, and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well,” Former President Carter stated, reflecting on the lack of recognition that had been given to significant female figures in American history (during the introduction of his 1980 speech).
The Original Women’s March on Washington in 1913 (top), The Women’s March on Washington in 2017 (bottom), Photographed by Alex Ceravolo (Social Justice Activist and 2018 Graduate of Ramapo College in NJ).
Women’s History Week was a stepping stone toward the greater recognition that women receive today, which is a national recognition of Women’s History in the month of March, as well as International recognition during March 8th, which is International Women’s Day.
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This year’s 2018 theme for International Women’s Day was #PressforProgress and the library acknowledged this theme by displaying books that portray women who fought, and or continue to fight, for gender parity, whether it be socially, economically, culturally, politically, and or professionally.
Some books that the library is featuring on display can be found below.
Sullivan Library’s Book Display for the Month of March
Women of Influence, Women of Vision: A Cross-Generational Study of Leaders and Social Change By Helen S
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings By Maya Angelou
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
Boissoneault, Lorraine. “The Original Women’s March on Washington and the Suffragists Who Paved the Way.” Smithsonian.com, 21 Jan 2017, https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/original-womens-march-washington-and-suffragists-who-paved-way-180961869/. Accessed March 13, 2018.
“City of Boston Archives.” Flickr.com, https://www.flickr.com/photos/cityofbostonarchives/with/9516905991/. Accessed March 13, 2018.
Hillin, E.I. “The Sonoma County Roots of Women’s History Month” (February 2018).
Santa Rosa, California: The Healdsburg Tribune.
MacGregor, Molly Murphy. “Why March is National Women’s History Month.” National Women’s History Project, http://www.nwhp.org/womens-history-month/womens-history-month-history/. Accessed March 13, 2018
Pexels, https://www.pexels.com/photo/adult-arrival-beard-boss-429248/. Accessed March 13, 2018.