New Books about Strong Women: New Arrival to Read for Women’s History Month

3 Mar

I took a look at the new arrivals here at the Hoboken Public Library and found some great reads for March when we are celebrating Women’s History Month. If you want to see what else is new at the Hoboken Public Library go to the link here.

Fighting for Space: Two pilots and their Historic Battle for Female Spaceflight
by Amy Shira Teitel
Fighting for Space

In Fighting for Space, learn more about Jackie Cochran and Jerrie Cobb, two female pilots who both longed to become the first woman in space, but were grounded by patriarchal society.  Last year our Science Fiction book discussion group read in April, The Calculating Stars which imagined what it would be like if women had been allowed to become astronauts at an earlier time.  Also check out the terrific Hidden Figures about the female African American mathematicians who were instrumental in the early space program.

The Genius of Women: From Overlooked to Changing the World
by Janice Kaplan
Genius of Women
Kaplan, the bestselling author of The Gratitude Diaries, looks at in The Genius of Women why the impressive work by many women in history has been overlooked.  The work seeks to inspire women of today with how smart women overcame the barriers to their success.

Stop Telling Women to Smile: Stories of Street Harassment and How We’re Taking Back Our Power
by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh
Stop Telling to Women to Smile
Tatyana Fazlaizadeh is known for her fabulous looking and provocative street art.  In Stop Telling Women to Smile she features not only her work, but also the stories of the women who experience hostile streets where they live.  I know I have experienced this myself throughout my life and it is nice to see a famous artist drawing attention to this pervasive problem.

This month we are Celebrating Women Artists in our Weekly Wednesday Art Classes at 10 AM and1 PM.  Art teacher Liz Cohen Ndoye will hold a series of four art classes highlighting the work of different women artists. Liz will introduce you to the extraordinary work of Kiki Smith, Judith Scott, Liz Larner, and Latoya Ruby Frazier.

Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words
by Susan Reyburn
Rosa Parks

The Library of Congress for the first time has made available in print the documents from the Parks Collection which includes her notes and manuscripts.  Rosa Parks is often celebrated as a powerful symbol of the civil rights elements, but this book allows the person behind the movement to be recognized in her own right.  It also includes a variety of historic photographs.

We have a special production honoring Rosa Parks for kids in grades 3-8 today (Tuesday, March 3) at 4:30 pm. In A Seat for Rosa, when a child tells his aunt about a bully on his bus, she gives him advice by recounting the tale of Rosa Parks and the events that led to a revolution in racial justice. This poignant production includes many songs of the Civil Rights era and brings this time to life. Through this exploration of that era, students learn how individuals can work together to fight injustice and oppression. First come, first served.  If your children are interested in learning more about Parks we have a variety of children’s books about her including: Who was Rosa Parks? by Yona Zeldis McDonough, I am Rosa Parks by Brad Meltzer, and A Picture book of Rosa Parks by David A. Adler.

Written by Aimee Harris
Head of Reference



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