Women's History Month is an annual declared month worldwide that highlights contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. March has been set aside as this month in the United Kingdom and in the United States. The day builds from International Women's Day, which was first celebrated in March 1911. Last week, we asked Red Roomers to blog about a famous woman who inspired them to succeed.
Three posts stood out:
- In "Thank You, Gloria Steinem,", member Rae Francoeur writers movingly about the connections she feels from and the inspiration she draws from one of feminism's most imporant leaders.
- We were educated and moved by "My 'Famous Woman,'"member Patricia Barbee's remembrance of United States Medal of Freedom honoree Dr. Lena Frances Edwards Madison, a trailblazing doctor who cared for poor patients and established a hospital in rural Texas.
- Author Kathy Stinson so admires a Nazi Germany-escapee and renowned landscape architect that she wrote a book about her. Find out why in her post "Cornelia Hahn Oberlander & the Art of the Possible."
They will receive books by Red Room authors:
In No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power, activist and former Planned Parenthood head Gloria Feldt "employs a no-nonsense, tough-love point of view to expose the internal and external roadblocks holding women back, but she doesn't place blame; rather, she provides inspiration, hope, and courage - as well as concrete 'power tools' to aid women in securing equality and justice for themselves - articulated with personal warmth and humor."
In Michele Scott's new novel Happy Hour, four women leading Napa Valley's wine industry lend each other love and support. These women discover that friendship is the right prescription to get through the hard times as well as for enjoying the wonderful moments together.
The Empress and Mrs. Conger, Grant Hayter-Menzies's newest meticulously researched biography, recreates a world of the past while celebrating a friendship between East and West for the present and future to aspire to. Middle-aged Iowan Sarah Pike Conger came to China in 1898 knowing nothing of its people or its culture, its temples or its halls of power. Yet she left seven years later one of China's most sympathetic defenders, bringing to its women and its most famous woman, the Empress Dowager Cixi, forbidden foreign aspirations toward education, autonomy and international sisterhood.
I hope you'll read all the blog posts about famous, inspiring women, leave comments on your favorites, and share them with your friends. As Margaret Mead said, "Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man." Here's hoping liberation comes to us all. Thank you for blogging!
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room