Maybe you’ve already seen today’s Google Doodle, which celebrates International Women’s Day, but do you know why we celebrate women internationally today? And did you know that the month of March is Women’s History Month?
We asked our very own Professor Melissa Wehler to tell us what these celebrations of women mean to her. Here’s what she shared with us:
“The most wonderful aspects to International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month is that when we celebrate women, we celebrate ourselves: our shared intellectual heritage, our belief in community, our promise and progress, and our belief in diversity. International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month gives us an opportunity to look back at the many women who have helped to shape not only our lives, but the world around us: grandmothers, mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, cousins, and friends. It also offers us an opportunity to share in those around us now including our mentors and confidantes, and thank them for their commitment to our future. There are many ways to celebrate women’s history–read a book by a beloved female author or someone you have never read before, educate yourself on the progress of women’s rights both in your community and abroad, attend events celebrating women and diversity–but this year, I am celebrating women by writing thank you letters to those who have inspired me to be my best self, and I would encourage everyone, women and men, to think about that special woman in your life that challenges you everyday to seek new opportunities to succeed.”
Learn about Women’s History Month, and about the struggles and the triumphs of American women, at the Women’s History Month site.
You can also watch some of the wonderful video messages available on the International Women’s Day site.
Want to take Professor Wehler’s suggestion and read a book by a female author, or about women in our country and around the world? We’ve pinned a selection of books and DVDs that are available in the library to our Women’s History Month pin board on Pinterest. You can also stop in the library and browse our Women’s History Month display across from the Circulation Desk.
Here are just a few of the selections:
The Woman Reader by Belinda Jack
On a college campus, it’s hard to imagine not having the freedom to read whatever we choose…or the freedom to read anything at all. Jack discusses women’s literacy and reading tastes through the ages.
My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
First female Hispanic U.S. Supreme Court Justice (and the third female ever appointed) describes her amazing journey from a childhood in which all odds seemed to be stacked against her, through her years at Princeton and Yale Law School, and in the years of professional practice leading up to her appointment.
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (DVD)
Eva Mendez, America Ferrera, and other activists introduce viewers to individuals who dedicate their lives to empowering women in developing countries.