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Women have been fighting for equal rights for centuries. From gaining the right to inherit property; to suffragettes fighting for the right to vote; to the more recent pink pussy hat march, the fight continues. Do you know that women make 80.5 cents for every dollar a man makes? The data comes from the U.S. Census Bureau, which also reports that women's median annual earnings are $10,086 less than men's. If you would like to read about this topic, visit your and check out its resources on the topic, including the two books listed below.

"Gloria's Voice: the Story of Gloria Steinem-Feminist, Activist, Leader," by Aura Lewis.

Using gorgeous watercolor illustrations, this biography of Gloria Steinem introduces young readers to the leader of the women's liberation movement. Following her from childhood through her political awakening and beyond, Gloria's Voice explains Steinem's motivations and beliefs, as well as the obstacles she faced in fighting for women's rights. Throughout, debut author and artist Aura Lewis highlights Gloria's message of equality and the importance of believing in oneself. Every young person — but especially girls — will find inspiration in Gloria's journey and this timely biography.

"Ruth Bader Ginsburg: a Life," by Jane Sherron de Hart.

In this large, comprehensive, revelatory biography, Jane De Hart explores the central experiences that crucially shaped Ginsburg's passion for justice, her advocacy for gender equality, her meticulous jurisprudence: her desire to make We the People more united and our union more perfect. At the heart of her story and abiding beliefs — her Jewish background. Tikkun olam, the Hebrew injunction to "repair the world," with its profound meaning for a young girl who grew up during the Holocaust and World War II. We see the influence of her mother, Celia Amster Bader, whose intellect inspired her daughter's feminism, insisting that Ruth become independent, as she witnessed her mother coping with terminal cervical cancer (Celia died the day before Ruth, at seventeen, graduated from high school).

From Ruth's days as a baton twirler at Brooklyn's James Madison High School, to Cornell University, Harvard and Columbia Law Schools (first in her class), to being a law professor at Rutgers University (one of the few women in the field and fighting pay discrimination), hiding her second pregnancy so as not to risk losing her job; founding the Women's Rights Law Reporter, writing the brief for the first case that persuaded the Supreme Court to strike down a sex-discriminatory state law, then at Columbia (the law school's first tenured female professor); becoming the director of the women's rights project of the ACLU, persuading the Supreme Court in a series of decisions to ban laws that denied women full citizenship status with men.

A pioneering life and legal career whose profound mark on American jurisprudence, on American society, on our American character and spirit, will reverberate deep into the twenty-first century and beyond.

Library Happenings

Preschool Storytime: Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join us for Storytime on Thursday, Aug. 23 and Saturday, Aug. 25 at 10:30 a.m. A different theme is explored each week. Daycares and other large groups are asked to call ahead.

Library Club: The Detroit Lakes Library Club kicks off its 2018-19 season at 2 p.m. this Tuesday, Aug. 28 with a presentation from Beatrice Ojakangas that will bring the Finnish culture of northern Minnesota to life. The renowned cookbook author will share recipes, anecdotes, and humor from her book, "Homemade: Finnish Rye, Feed Sack Fashion, and Other Simple Ingredients from My Life in Food." This event is brought to the community free of charge, thanks to funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Library hours

The Detroit Lakes Public Library's regular hours are as follows: Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. It is closed on Sundays and all national holidays.

For more information on local library services and programs, please call 218-847-2168 or visit your Library at 1000 Washington Ave.

Detroit Lakes Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL), a consolidated public library system comprised of 13 branch libraries and nine LINK sites serving the residents of seven counties in northwest Minnesota. More information is available at www.larl.org, and the library's app, LARL Mobile, is available in the iTunes and Google Play stores for free download.

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