Recommended Reading for Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month formally recognizes women’s contributions to history, culture, and society in America. Observed each year since 1987, the event grew out of “Women’s History Week,” which Congress established as a national observance holiday under President Ronald Reagan in 1982. Today, seven leading institutions in the U.S. – The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – organize programs to commemorate and encourage the study “of the vital role of women in American history” each March. To help celebrate Women’s History Month, here are three essential books written by female authors. Enjoy! Continue reading “Recommended Reading for Women’s History Month”

Dr. Carla Hayden, 14th Librarian of Congress, receives the Women’s National Book Association Award

Dr. Carla Hayden with her 2017 Centennial WNBA Award. (Photo: Rachael Kelly)

On Tuesday, November 7, in front of an intimate gathering of colleagues, friends, and family, Dr. Carla Hayden, this country’s 14th Librarian of Congress, received the 2017 Women’s National Book Association Award for her “meritorious work in the world of books.” When Dr. Hayden was sworn-in to her position on September 14, 2016 under the administration of  Barack Obama, she became the first African American to lead the Library of Congress, which today is “widely known for its free, non-partisan service to Congress, librarians, scholars, and the public—in the United States and around the world.” Continue reading “Dr. Carla Hayden, 14th Librarian of Congress, receives the Women’s National Book Association Award”

The Fifth Annual Dyson/WNBA Lecture series | Women in the Literary Landscape: Challenges and Opportunities

By: Allison Keene

To celebrate the release of its much-anticipated book Women in the Literary Landscape, the Women’s National Book Association and Pace University hosted a high-energy panel of female writers and publishers to discuss the challenges that women face in the book industry.The panel, titled “Women in the Literary Landscape: Challenges and Opportunities,” featured Columbia University professor Alice Kessler-Harris, John Jay College and CUNY Graduate Center professor Blanche Wiesen Cook, Pace professor and co-founder of Avidly Sarah Blackwood, and executive director and publisher of Feminist Press Jamia WilsonRosalind Reisner, editor and contributing author of Women in the Literary Landscape, moderated the panel. Continue reading “The Fifth Annual Dyson/WNBA Lecture series | Women in the Literary Landscape: Challenges and Opportunities”