Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Government Documents Collection Exhibits Colorful Women’s History Month Selection

This March, the Simon Schwob Memorial library celebrates multiple iconic women who have inspired much of American history and this institution. The Government Documents Collection, on the first floor of the Schwob Library, is exhibiting a special assortment highlighting prolific, intriguing professions and the lives of several, significant women. This small collection, reiterating the importance of women’s history, will remain up in the Government Documents Collection, for the rest of March, Women’s History month.

Works such as 33 Years of Army Nursing by Brigadier General Lillian Dunlap and Women in Congress, 1917–2006, one of the most commemorative and endorsed work on the 229 women who have served in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, profiles 74 women member of the 109th Congress and history before the first woman elected to Congress, Jeannette Rankin. Selections pertaining to subjects about military activities, political studies, medical and physical education and other subjects expand the literature, already available, about women’s history.

67th United States Secretary of State and former First Lady and U.S. Senator, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Tributes Delivered in Congress 2001-2009 is also available in the Government Documents Collection. Clinton, along with, First lady Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and Pat Nixon are the only First Ladies, yet, to have earned and hold a graduate degree. Clinton remains the only first lady elected to a public office—the U.S. Senate, and to seek presidency.

Outside of exhibiting selections about women’s history, there are multiple works in the McNaughton Collection that may interest readers attracted to women’s history and gender studies. Answering the Call: The U.S. Army Nurse Corps, 1917-1919: A commemorative Tribute to Military Nursing in World War I is another colorful selection students and military-afflicted patrons will enjoy. There are various books available in the Government Documents and McNaughton Collections and entire Schwob library. Be sure to visit the Schwob library.

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