Observed annually in March, Women’s History Month is an occasion to reflect on the concerns of women from all walks of life and to celebrate women’s achievements throughout U.S. history.
Women’s History Month, which originated in 1981 as Women’s History Week, is commemorated by several government agencies and institutions, such as the National Park Service and the Library of Congress (more information can be found at womenshistorymonth.gov). It is also promoted by the nonprofit educational organization National Women’s History Project (NWHP), the group that petitioned Congress to re-designate Women’s History Week as a month-long observance.
Every year, the NWHP nominates honorees whose lives and work exemplify the annual Women’s History Month theme. The 2017 theme is “Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business,” and you can read biographies of this year’s nominees on NWHP’s website, www.nwhp.org. These brief articles offer a fascinating look not only into the groundbreaking contributions of the honorees but also into the unequal conditions women have faced in the workplace from the 1800s until modern times. For instance, did you know that airline companies automatically fired female flight attendants when they turned 32, until former stewardess and 2017 honoree Barbara “Dusty” Roads filed the first Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint in U.S. history?
To read more about the remarkable women who have shaped the course of American history and who are continuing to do so, stop by Sedona Public Library to browse the biography section. Recently released works include these well-reviewed titles, about two very different women who both dedicated their working lives to helping others:
These books are just a couple of the many new releases available from Sedona Library or through the Yavapai Library Network. Contact the reference desk at 928-282-7714 if you need help finding a book or placing a hold.
Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, partially supported by the City of Sedona and Yavapai and Coconino Counties. We also require donations and grants to fund our operations. Your tax-deductible donation may be made online through our website or sent to: Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ 86336.
Sedona Public Library
Column for March 24, 2017
Written by Elizabeth Cate, Collection Development Librarian
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