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Two new books on women innovators

WomanbooksWomen’s History Month may have passed, but women are always part of the story!

The library just received two brand new works that address women who have been instrumental in many areas of history.

Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventor, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs and illustrated by Sophia Foster-Dimino (General Collection)

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World, written and illustrated by Rachel Ignotofsky (Children’s Collection)

Thanks to Kristy Yemm-Pemrick , Library Clerk, for promoting these cool new books!

Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

National Women’s History Month

nwhp-logo-smallThis year’s theme for National Women’s History Month is “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business” .  From the National Women’s History Project:

The 2017 theme for National Women’s History Month honors women who have successfully challenged the role of women in both business and the paid labor force. Women have always worked, but often their work has been undervalued and unpaid.

You can find more about the honorees and nominees here. Although women are achieving better equality and pay in the workplace, wages and earnings are still about 83% as compared to men:

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Additional Resources:

As part of our Global Issues in Context Database, there is a special section on Women and Children you can explore.  This site provides audio, video, news, biographies and more.

CLIO’s CLICK! also has some great resources on the ongoing feminist revolution. Learn about Dorothy Haener, Annie Fox, Addie Wyatt, Daisy Bates, Martha Griffiths, and more at this site.

To learn more about women in business and labor, try some of these in the ECC Library’s collection, or search our library’s catalog for DVDs, ebooks, and more.

Enterprising Women: 250 Years of American Business

Making Feminist Politics: Transnational Alliances Between Women and Labor

Shell Games: The Life and Times of Pearl McGill

Susan B. Anthony and the Struggle for Equal Rights

Feminine Capital: Unlocking the Power of Women Entrepreneurs 

Breaking Into the Boys Club

Mother Jones: The Most Dangerous Woman in America

Maria2016(2)–Submitted by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

March is Women’s History Month

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Women’s History Month began as Women’s History Week in 1981 when Congress passed a request to the President to proclaim it so. The President did and continued to do so throughout the 1980s. In late 1980, this week became a month long celebration acknowledging the generations of women who played active roles in social justice, environmentalism, and progress. These women’s contributions are invaluable to a free and open society. Every year since 1995, the President has issued proclamations declaring March as Women’s History Month.

In the early nineteenth century, Chicago had an active scene of women trying to make a difference for immigrants, the poor, and others in need of help. Three women who stood out are Jane AddamsFrances Willard and Ida B. Wells-Barnett. These women used their positions in life to help create community, provide assistance to the poor, and lift people up.

If you’re interested in learning more about feminism or other women’s issues, you can search the ECC catalog for resources. We have some great DVDs about women in the military as well as women in the media, such as: Miss RepresentationThe invisible warShe’s beautiful when she’s angry. Or if you prefer, we also have many excellent books, including:  Wheels of change : how women rode the bicycle to freedom (with a few flat tires along the way)College girls : bluestockings, sex kittens, and coeds, then and now and Feminism unfinished : a short, surprising history of American women’s movements.
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–Submitted by Karen Klein, Reference Librarian

 

Celebrate Women’s History Month

Learn more about women’s rights and women’s issues from around the globe this month during Women’s History Month!

From the Global Issues Database

A great place to start is the Global Issues in Context database. This database offers articles and multimedia offering international viewpoints on a wide variety of topics. If you Browse Issues and Topics, there is a topic called Women, Children, and the FamilyThis section contains links to  issues in economic, social, political, and religious contexts. Topics include poverty, mental health, AIDS orphans, female circumcision, and property rights, among others.

To search our library catalog for more books, DVDs, ebooks, and other items, go to http://library.elgin.edu  and choose a Subject Search for subjects such as Women’s Rights, Women and War, Women Authors, or many other topics.

If you are in the library (Building C), view our special film and book displays:

1st floor: Look for movies about women and women’s lives

Cover courtesy of Amazon

2nd floor: Here you will find award-winning books by women authors

For comparison, in the United States women make up over half of the population (161 million women vs. 156 million men.) Women also comprise 56.8% of all college attendees.  There are 1.6 million female veterans. Women still make on average only 78 cents for every dollar that men make.–Statistics (and more) from the Census Bureau’s Facts for Features.

A selection of resources for Women’s History Month

Learn more about women’s rights and women’s issues from around the globe this month during Women’s History Month!

From the Global Issues Database

A great place to start is the Global Issues in Context database. This database offers articles and multimedia offering international viewpoints on a wide variety of topics. If you Browse Issues and Topics, there is a topic called Women, Children, and the FamilyThis section contains links to  issues in economic, social, political, and religious contexts. Topics include poverty, mental health, AIDS orphans, female circumcision, and property rights, among others.

Cover photo courtesy of Amazon.com

Another wonderful work is Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicolas Kristof.  From the summary:

“Two Pulitzer Prize winners issue a call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women in the developing world. They show that a little help can transform the lives of women and girls abroad and that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential.”

To search our library catalog for more books, DVDs, ebooks, and other items, go to http://library.elgin.edu  and choose a Subject Search for subjects such as Women’s Rights, Women and War, Women Authors, or many other topics.

For comparison, in the United States women make up over half of the population (161 million women vs. 156 million men.) Women also comprise 56.8% of all college attendees.  There are 1.6 million female veterans. Women still make on average only 77 cents for every dollar that men make.–Statistics (and more) from the Census Bureau’s Facts for Features.

March is Women’s History Month

Lobbying for the vote.Creative Commons

Lobbying for the vote.
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Since 1995, March has been celebrated as Women’s History Month.  Celebrate by learning something new!  

“Women in Film” is the theme of the library’s first floor display near the DVD collection.  There is also a display of books on the second floor that highlights women’s historical contributions.

For more information by and about women, including fiction, non-fiction, and biographies, search the library’s catalog.