Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Women's History Month 2014

It wasn't until the 1970s that women's contributions to history and culture in the U.S. began to be celebrated and recognized.  In 1981, a congressional resolution officially established a “National Women’s History Week,” and in 1987 the National Women's History Project lobbied for expanding the celebration to the entire month of March.


The theme for 2014 is "Women of Courage, Character, and Commitment." The theme "honors the extraordinary and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of women. Against social convention and often legal restraints, women have created a legacy that expands the frontiers of possibility for generations to come. They have demonstrated their character, courage and commitment as mothers, educators, institution builders, business, labor, political and community leaders, relief workers, women religious, and CEOs. Their lives and their work inspire girls and women to achieve their full potential and encourage boys and men to respect the diversity and depth of women’s experience."   

The 2014 honorees include:

Chipeta (1843 – 1924) 
Indian Rights Advocate and Diplomat

Anna Julia Cooper (1858 – 1964)
African American Educator and Author

Agatha Tiegel Hanson, (1873 – 1959)
Educator,  Author, and Advocate for Deaf Community

Katharine Ryan Gibbs (1863 – 1934)
Women’s Employment Pioneer

Frances Oldham Kelsey (1914 – Present)
Pharmacologist and Public Health Activist  

Roxcy Bolton  (1926 – Present)
20th Century Women’s Rights Pioneer

Arden Eversmeyer (1931 – Present)
The Old Lesbian Herstory Project, Founder

Carmen Delgado Votaw (1935 – Present)
International Women’s Rights Activist

Ann Lewis (1937 – Present)
Women’s Rights Organizer and Women’s History Advocate
Jaida Im (1961 – Present)
Advocate for Survivors of Human Trafficking
Tammy Duckworth (1968 – Present)
Member of Congress and Iraq War Veteran
Lisa Taylor (1974 – Present)
Civil Rights Attorney
Explore this year's honorees, the issues for which they advocated, and other courageous and committed women in the Armacost Library.  Just a few of the books and DVDs available listed below.  Ask us what else is available @ mylibrarian

Anna Julia Cooper, Visionary Black Feminist: A Critical Introduction 
Feminist, Queer, Crip
Negotiators of Change: Historical Perspectives on Native American Women
Trafficking Women's Human Rights


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