By Joyce Waybright
Special to GUIDON
March is National Women’s History Month and the Bruce C. Clarke Library has many books and media materials on display and available for check-out in support of all the women of our community.
The National Women’s History Alliance selected the 2020 Women’s History Month theme as “Valiant Women of the Vote,” which honors “the brave women who fought to win suffrage rights for women, and for the women who continue to fight for the voting rights of others.”
It is an ideal time to celebrate all the brave, bold and fearless women who have influenced history. The important role women have played in shaping our nation and the world can be overlooked, whether in the fields of science, politics, environment, the law, the arts and more. Even when recognized in their own times, women are frequently left out of some history books.
American women of every race, class and ethnic background served as early leaders in the forefront of every major social change movement. American women were leaders not only in education, but also in securing their own rights of suffrage and equal opportunity, in the abolitionist movement, the emancipation movement, the industrial labor movement, the civil rights movement, the peace movement and other movements that worked toward a fair and just society for all.
Congress first designated March as National Women’s History Month in 1987. The National Women’s History Project was established by President Carter in 1980 and developed the national theme and a list of honorees.
In 2018, NWHP changed its name to NWHA to support the study of women’s history year-round.
Clarke Library has thousands of print and media titles by and about women in America, such as:
— “Women’s Firsts,” by Caroline Zilboorg
— “She Did It!: 21 Women Who Changed the Way We Think,” by Emily Arnold McCully
— “Women at War: The Women of World War II — at Home, at Work, on the Front Line,” by Brenda Ralph Lewis
— “Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History,” by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
— “100 Years of the Nineteenth Amendment: An Appraisal of Women’s Political Activism,” by J. Holly McCammon and Lee Ann Banaszak
— “Roses and Radicals: The Epic Story of How American Women Won the Right to Vote,” by Susan Zimet
— “Portraits of the Toughest Job in the Army: Voices and Faces of Modern Army Wives,” by Janelle H. Mock
— “The Other Women’s Movement: Workplace Justice and Social Rights in Modern America,” by Dorothy S. Cobble
— “In Her Place: A Documentary History of Prejudice Against Women,” by S.T. Joshi
Clarke Library also has a wealth of information in media, e-books and digital reference materials. For example, the electronic book collection has hundreds of titles on the subject of women’s history. The library also has access to an ancestry database which patrons are encouraged to use.
For more information, visit the library’s website at https://home.army.mil/wood/index.php/my-fort/BCCL, or call 573.563.4113.
In lieu of its annual luncheon at the Pershing Community Center, Fort Leonard Wood will celebrate Women’s History Month at 10 a.m. March 25 at Nutter Field House.
(Editor’s note: Waybright is the Bruce C. Clarke Library’s chief of community services.)