Programs Honor Women’s History Month at the Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is holding several virtual events throughout March to share stories of women’s achievements and conversations around Women’s History Month. For visitors on site, the exhibition “Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words” remains on view.
Women of the 117th Congress: Diverse Voices Making History
Wednesday, March 2, 4 p.m.
The 117th Congress set a new record high for women’s representation in the legislature.
As part of the Library of Congress celebrations of Women’s History Month, the Library’s Congressional Relations Office and the John W. Kluge Center will highlight the achievements of women in Congress as a testament to progress in the American democracy, from suffrage to candidacy to governing. In this event, women members of Congress will share their thoughts on their paths, the history they are making for future leaders, and the importance of their voices in the practice of policymaking. The event will stream on the Library’s YouTube channel.
Finding Pictures: Women Architects and Designers
Thursday, March 8, 12 p.m. and March 16, 3 p.m.
This orientation session will introduce the visual collections created by and related to women architects and designers, including Ray Eames, Chloethiel Woodard Smith, Maya Lin, and other women creators in a variety of design disciplines. The presentation will cover collection highlights, searching library catalogs and finding aids, research guides and how to prepare for a future visit to the reading room. This event will be livestreamed on Zoom. Register here. It will be available for viewing later in the Library's Event Videos collection.
I Am Not Invisible 3.0
Tuesday, March 8, 6 p.m.
Women have played a crucial role in protecting our country and our democracy since America’s founding. They have served in every major conflict since the Revolutionary War. Today there are over 2 million women veterans in the United States.They comprise the fastest growing and most diverse demographic in the military and veteran population. Despite centuries of honorable service and constant growth, women who serve are still often overlooked, leaving many women veterans to feel unheard and unseen.
The Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Women Veterans invites the public to a virtual panel titled “I Am Not Invisible 3.0” through the VHP Facebook Page. Marking International Women’s Day, a virtual panel will explore the challenges faced by female veterans, the communities they represent, and how we can all be better advocates.
Culturally Relevant Literacy Approaches
Thursday, March 10, 3 p.m.
Join a conversation on successful practices and culturally relevant literacy approaches. This session will be facilitated by the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Advisory Board Member, Gholdy Muhammad, author of "Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy."
Scheduled panelists include:
• Chiara Collette, program manager, Friends of Tonga, Inc.
• Anasthasie Liberiste-Osirus, senior associate director of Language and Literacy Education, Haiti, Global Center for the Development of the Whole Child (Notre Dame)
• Dorothy Dyer, program manager, FunDza Literacy Trust
• Mamadou Amadou Ly, director, Associates in Research and Education for Development
Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words
“Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words” is the first exhibition of the Rosa Parks Collection at the Library, which holds the civil rights icon’s personal writings, photographs, records and memorabilia. Visitors are immersed in Parks’ handwritten notes, reflections and images from throughout her life. The ongoing exhibition is available online at loc.gov/rosaparks. The gallery also remains open to visitors on site on Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors must reserve advance timed entry passes for admittance. The exhibit will close May 31.
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