February was Black History Month, but March marks the transition into Women’s History Month. If you didn’t catch our displays last month, stop by and see what’s new.
One book in particular that serves as the perfect segue from one theme to the other is Sister Days by Janus Adams. Subtitled “365 Inspired Moments in African American Women’s History,” the book is written in diary style, with short anecdotes for every day of the year. For example, Philippa Schuyler, who was declared a prodigy at age 3, is featured on July 29th, while Era Bell Thompson, who was inducted into the Iowa Hall of Fame, is the woman of the day on April 30th. Personally, I had not heard about either of these remarkable individuals!
Another book that’s received a lot of press lately is the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. It’s a true story of a poor woman who died of cervical cancer. Before her death in 1951, a sample of her cancerous tissue was taken, but without her knowledge or consent. Her cells, known as HeLa cells, not only survived in the lab, but thrived, providing scientists with a building block for many medical breakthroughs, starting with the cure for polio.
This is just a small sampling of a wide variety of materials celebrating women of achievement throughout the years. Come check some out!