Today’s post comes to us from Bill, Head of Adult Services.
100 years ago, in 1919, women DID NOT have the Constitutional right to vote. That’s right – your grandmothers or great-grandmothers were second class citizens! The 19th Amendment to the Constitution – which granted women the right to vote, would not be passed until the following year – 1920. Yet today there are 102 women serving in the House of Representatives, 25 serving in the Senate, and 3 seated on the Supreme Court.
Read – listen – watch and learn the stories of the women of today – and yesterday – whose strong, influential, and groundbreaking actions impacted our country. The lives of the famous and not so famous paint a picture of women’s experiences in America and how they helped build our nation.
Explore more about the role of women in shaping our history with these books from our shelves:
- Broad Band : The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet by Claire L. Evans.
- It’s My Country Too : Women’s Military Stories From the American Revolution to Afghanistan edited by Jerri Bell & Tracy Crow.
- The Woman’s Hour : The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss.
- Visionary Women : How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World by Andrea Barnet.
- Eunice : The Kennedy Who Changed the World by Eileen McNamara.
- Women of the Blue & Gray : True Civil War Stories of Mothers, Medics, Soldiers, and Spies by Marianne Monson.
- Jefferson’s Daughters : Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America by Catherine Kerrison.
And these titles available to Cheshire Library cardholders in multiple formats:
- Becoming by Michelle Obama. (Available formats: BOOK, LARGE PRINT BOOK, CDBOOK, OVERDRIVE AUDIO, OVERDRIVE EBOOK)
- Code Girls : The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy. (Available formats: BOOK, CDBOOK, OVERDRIVE AUDIO)
- Fly Girls : How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History by Keith O’Brien. (Available formats: BOOK, HOOPLA AUDIO, OVERDRIVE EBOOK)
- Invisible : The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter. (Available formats: BOOK, CDBOOK)
- Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. (Available formats: BOOK, LARGE PRINT BOOK, CDBOOK, HOOPLA AUDIO, OVERDRIVE EBOOK). See also: DVD, BLU-RAY
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg : A Life by Jane Sherron de Hart. (Available formats: BOOK, OVERDRIVE EBOOK). See also: RBG / directed and produced by Betsy West & Julie Cohen. (Available formats: DVD, BLU-RAY, HOOPLA VIDEO)
Learn more about women in history: https://www.biography.com/tag/womens-history
Learn more about Women’s History Month: https://womenshistorymonth.gov/about/