March is National Women's History Month

Check out the new display on the 2nd floor of Meriam Library near the elevators honoring women during the month of March! This year's theme is "Nevertheless she persisited: honoring women who fight all forms of discrimination against women".  In 1987 the US Congress designated March as National Women’s History Month. This year's theme, Nevertheless She Persisted, will be used throughout the year to honor and celebrate women's tenacity and their tireless commitment to ending the many intersecting forms of discrimination against women and girls. This phrase was born in February 2017 when Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-MA, was silenced during Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing for Attorney General. At the time, Warren was reading an opposition letter penned by Coretta Scott King (a past NWHP honoree) in 1986. Referring to the incident, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, later said “Senator Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless she persisted.” Feminists immediately adopted the phrase in hashtags and memes to refer to any strong women who refuse to be silenced. Check out the National Women's History Project for more information on this project as well as the list of the 2018 honorees. A variety of books about women and written by women are on the display for check out! 

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