Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.
The Girl on the Magazine Cover by Carolyn Kitch
Call Number: P 94.5 .W652 U655 2001
Publication Date: 2001-10-29
From the Gibson Girl to the flapper, from the vamp to the New Woman, Carolyn Kitch traces mass media images of women to their historical roots on magazine covers, unveiling the origins of gender stereotypes in early-20th-century American culture.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë; Sam Gilpin (Afterword by)
Publication Date: 2009-10-01
The orphaned Jane Eyre suffers under cruel guardians, a harsh employer and a rigid social order. But her plain appearance belies her indomitable spirit, sharp wit and great courage. When she goes to Thornfield Hall to work as a governess for the mysterious Mr Rochester the stage is set for one of literature's great romances.
North Carolina Women by Michele Gillespie (Editor); Cynthia A. Kierner (Contribution by); William Link (Contribution by); Elizabeth Lundeen (Contribution by); Vivian May (Contribution by); Sheila Phipps (Contribution by); Margaret Smith (Contribution by); Corey Stewart (Contribution by); Sally G. McMillen (Editor); Angela Robbins (Contribution by); Jon Sensbach (Contribution by); James Alsop (Contribution by); Sarah Wilkerson Freeman (Contribution by); Suzanne Guasco (Contribution by); Terrell Crow (Contribution by); Jim Downs (Contribution by); Robert Hunt Ferguson (Contribution by); Sarah Hill (Contribution by); John C. Inscoe (Contribution by)
Call Number: CT 3262 .N67 N678 2014
Publication Date: 2014-02-15
North Carolina has had more than its share of accomplished, influential women--women who have expanded their sphere of influence or broken through barriers that had long defined and circumscribed their lives, women such as Elizabeth Maxwell Steele, the widow and tavern owner who supported the American Revolution; Harriet Jacobs, runaway slave, abolitionist, and author of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl; and Edith Vanderbilt and Katharine Smith Reynolds, elite women who promoted women's equality. This collection of essays examines the lives and times of pathbreaking North Carolina women from the late eighteenth century into the early twentieth century, offering important new insights into the variety of North Carolina women's experiences across time, place, race, and class, and conveys how women were able to expand their considerable influence during periods of political challenge and economic hardship.
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
Publication Date: 2017-04-18
As World War I raged across the globe, hundreds of young women toiled away at the radium-dial factories, where they painted clock faces with a mysterious new substance called radium. Assured by their bosses that the luminous material was safe, the women themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered from head to toe with the glowing dust. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" were considered the luckiest alive--until they began to fall mysteriously ill. As the fatal poison of the radium took hold, they found themselves embroiled in one of America's biggest scandals and a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights. The Radium Girls explores the strength of extraordinary women in the face of almost impossible circumstances and the astonishing legacy they left behind.
For most of human history, the garments women wore under their clothes were hidden. The earliest underwear provided warmth and protection. But eventually, women's undergarments became complex structures designed to shape their bodies to fit the fashion ideals of the time. In the modern era, undergarments are out in the open, from the designer corsets Madonna wore on stage to Beyoncé's pregnancy announcement on Instagram. This feminist exploration of women's underwear reveals the intimate role lingerie plays in defining women's bodies, sexuality, gender identity, and body image. It is a story of control and restraint but also female empowerment and self-expression. You will never look at underwear the same way again.
The first woman judge in the state of North Carolina and the first woman in the United States to be elected chief justice of a state supreme court, Susie Marshall Sharp (1907-1996) broke new ground for women in the legal profession. When she retired in 1979, she left a legacy burnished by her tireless pursuit of lucidity in the law, honesty in judges, and humane conditions in prisons.
Drama, History, Romance
Alice Paul and Lucy Burns were two defiant suffragist women who fought for the passage of the 19th Amendment. The two activists broke from the mainstream women's rights movement and created a more radical wing, daring to push the boundaries to secure women's voting rights in 1920. In a country dominated by chauvinism, this is no easy fight.
Biography, Drama, History
As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.
For many women raped by the enemy during a time of war, the legacy of assault lives on in the child born of that hateful act. How can the mother look into her child's eyes and not see her assailant? How can the children live with the horrible truth about their conception? Is there any hope for love between these wounded women and the children of the enemy? In a cry for help and justice, victims of war rape and "war babies" tell their stories.
From the end of the 19th century, the women of the European countries energetically demand the right to vote, better working conditions, and education, just like the Suffragette movement in England. Despite some progress, results are slow to come when the year 1914 dawns. But with the lack of a male workforce, gone off to the war, factories are forced to employ women in positions traditionally occupied by men. The image of the world of work has changed definitively and forever. Once the First World War ends, women finally and gradually obtain the rights they were demanding. The Roaring Twenties and the post-war libertarian movements usher in this wind of freedom. Female emancipation brings a liberation and a consideration for the body and well-being of the woman as an individual. Many women politicians and artists emerge and are able to express their creativity and opinions in total freedom and especially with total legality, continuing the struggle for equality of the sexes.
The story of the birth of the modern Women’s Movement is framed by two important publications—The Feminine Mystique and Ms. Magazine—and by the women who authored them: Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem. When Friedan’s book came out in 1963, millions of American women had become uneasy under the constraints of 1950s post-war culture, which confined them to the home or to low-paying, dead-end jobs. The Feminine Mystique was, in the words of one reviewer, “a brick through the rose colored picture window of the American suburban bungalow.” At the same time, another group of women—younger and more radical—were emerging from the anti-war and Civil Rights movements determined to achieve their own revolution in American society. By the time Steinem founded Ms. Magazine in the early 1970s, these two streams of women had converged to create the modern Women’s Movement. Pivotal moments range from the early legal challenges brought by flight attendants and a rural Georgia telephone operator to the protests at the Miss America pageant and the takeover of the offices of Ladies Home Journal. It is a story filled with the spirit, humor, and courage of a revolutionary generation.
African-American women have captured the moral imagination of mainstream America through their essays, novels, poetry, and other artistic endeavors, breaching the static lines of race, gender, and class. How have their reflections so clearly articulated the hopes and philosophies of so many? In this program, writers Alice Walker and bell hooks and Ohio State University faculty Dr. Martha Wharton, of the departments of African-American studies and women’s studies, and Dr. Valerie Lee, of the departments of English and women’s studies, examine the emergence of African-American women as popular and powerful voices of social conscience.
Despite the progress of the international women’s movement in exposing and correcting human rights abuses against females, in many countries women are still fighting to attain the most basic of civil liberties. This program contextualizes that struggle by comparing women’s rights in the U.S. with the status of women in China, Afghanistan, and Kenya. Hopeful signs such as rising levels of education for girls, female representation in government, and business opportunities for women are contrasted with the continuing practice of age-old antithetical abuses that have yet to be eliminated—nonconsensual marriage and severe domestic violence, to name two—and the demoralizing effect of seeing hard-won rights overturned.
Today, 131 women serve in the House and Senate, making Congress the most female and most diverse it’s ever been.
But women in politics continue to face an uphill battle. Even after their election, Congresswomen such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib have faced criticism for their choice of clothing and language. One radio commentator in Atlanta even suggested Lucy McBath should “go back to the kitchen.”
We look at the history of “women in Congress,” how much progress we’ve made and how much work lies ahead.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, Brian showcases our favorite BackStory segments that highlight female achievement in American history. We’ll hear from a former switchboard operator about her experiences at New York Telephone in the 1970’s and learn how Ida B. Wells found her voice as an advocacy journalist.