Did you know that women face a pay gap in nearly every occupation and that the pay gap continues to grow with a woman’s age ? While women experience this in every state, Iowa ranks 29th with Iowa women making only 77% of an Iowa man’s salary (aauw.org) . So even though the Equal Pay Act was passed over 50 years ago, the gap is NOT going away! AND as recently as the 1970s, U.S. public school curricular and textbooks still excluded the contributions of women to American history.
As a way to correct this, Congress in 1987 declared that March would forever be National Women’s History Month. It is the month in which we recognize, honor, and celebrate the achievements of American women.
This year’s theme is Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment. The National Women’s History Project has chosen to honor 12 very diverse women. The honorees include a Native American, Hispanic American, African Americans, and Asian American women. They are a Congresswoman, Iraq war veteran, deaf educator, civil rights attorney and a public health activist.
Come learn more about these 12 fascinating women, as well as some famous Iowa women @ your Kirkwood Cedar Rapids library this month. Posters with their pictures and bios will be displayed on the library tables during the month of March. Women’s history books will be prominently displayed on the library’s bookshelves by the reference desk and available for check-out. A new online guide with poignant and funny videos, articles and photos about women is available through the library’s website at: http://guides.kirkwood.edu/womenstudies
Also, be sure to let us know what you think on the library’s Facebook page where each day you will find some very surprising facts about the lives of American women!