Danell Haspel: Time to celebrate women’s history
March is National Wo-men’s History Month. Pre-sident Jimmy Carter designated March 2-8, 1980 as the first National Women’s History Week. Following Carter’s designation, state after state declared March as Women’s History Month, prompting it to be brought before congress, who declared March 1987 as the first “National Women’s History Month.”
“Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World,” by Alison Weir. Many are familiar with the story of the much-married King Henry VIII of England and the celebrated reign of his daughter, Elizabeth I. But it is often forgotten that the life of the first Tudor queen, Elizabeth of York, Henry’s mother and Elizabeth’s grandmother, spanned one of England’s most dramatic and perilous periods. Now, New York Times bestselling author and acclaimed historian, Alison Weir presents the first modern biography of this extraordinary woman.
“Mom & Me & Mom,” by Maya Angelou. For the first time, Angelou reveals the triumphs and struggles of being the daughter of Vivian Baxter, an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence — a presence absent during much of Angelou’s early life. When her marriage began to crumble, Vivian famously sent three-year-old Maya and her older brother away from their California home to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. The subsequent feelings of abandonment stayed with Angelou for years, but their reunion, a decade later, began a story that has never before been told.
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