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:
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)
Today’s blog post is by Bill Basel, Head of Adult Services.
The month of February includes Presidents’ Day – which honors two great U.S. presidents – Washington and Lincoln.
From Abraham Lincoln to Zachary Taylor, CPL has loads of books, videos and downloadables about the men (and first ladies) in the White House who have influenced the U.S. for 230 years. As you can imagine there is lots of material on all the head honchos from Saintly Abe and Father of Our Country George to the oft defiled James Buchanan (who dodged the slavery question as the Union was falling apart).
From POTUS to FLOTUS, we’ve got the best of and worst of, those who have made Pennsylvania Avenue their home in fiction, non-fiction and biography – in print, audio and video:
41 : A Portrait of My Father by George W. Bush.
Becoming by Michele Obama.
The First Lady by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois.
First Ladies : Presidential Historians on the Lives of 45 Iconic American Women by Susan Swain and C-SPAN.
Lincoln starring Daniel Day Lewis (DVD and Blu-ray), based on the book Team of Rivals : the Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
Jackie starring Natalie Portman (DVD and Blu-ray).
The Roosevelts : an Intimate History, a film by Ken Burns (DVD).