March is “National Women’s History Month;” this year’s theme is “writing women back into history.”
The initiative for this designation started in California in the late 1970’s. In 1981, a Joint Congressional Resolution proclaimed a “women’s history week.” In 1987 it was expanded to the entire month of March and a resolution has been approved each year with bipartisan support in the House and Senate.
Not surprisingly, there has been an increase in recent years of books published with this theme. Currently Shanghai Girls by Lisa See and The Help by Kathryn Stockett are fiction titles on many bestseller lists. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson is a teen novel with adult appeal, about a young slave girl in New York during Revolutionary War times. All three of these titles were some of my favorites from last year.
On my list to read is When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present by Gail Collins.
Women’s achievements and women’s history are both subjects in which we have many titles in our collection. Staff can help you find a good one to read.
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When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present