When I worked in the public library, I didn't always make a conscious effort to promote women's history throughout the year. Sounds bad, doesn't it? Hear me out. My goal for any display or list I made was to represent as much diversity -- women, African American, and other historically marginalized groups -- as possible. It didn't always work out depending on the topic, but consciously making the effort is what matters.
I am thankful for March's focus on women's history as a reminder of making that effort for readers, this month and every month. It provides me the opportunity to seek out new reading options by, for, and about women -- from individual biographies to historical studies of women's accomplishments.
This month's issue of RA News has several resources to help you publicize Women's History Month in your library. Enjoy, and keep reading!
I am a Librarian [MLIS] in Illinois specializing in serving leisure readers ages 13 and up. I train library staff all over the world on how to match books with readers through their local public library. I am the author of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror, 2d edition (ALA Editions, 2012). I am under contract to write content for EBSCO's NoveList database, reviews for Booklist, am a member of the Adult Reading Round Table Steering Committee, a 5 term Trustee for my local library, and am a proud member of The Horror Writers' Association. Check out the side bar for links to the groups and organizations with which I am affiliated.