McHenry County College celebrates Women's History Month each March. The MCC Women's History Month Committee is adopting the national theme for 2014: "Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment."
This Research Guide was lovingly created to honor two such women, Sarah Moore Grimké and Angelina Emily Grimké Weld. Here is the youTube link to Cynthia Letteri's Lunch & Learn, March 18, 2014. (50 min.):
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“Kidd hits her stride and avoids sentimental revisionism with this historical novel about the relationship between a slave and the daughter of slave owners in antebellum Charleston...Kidd’s portrait of white slave-owning southerners is all the more harrowing for showing them as morally complicated while she gives Handful the dignity of being not simply a victim, but a strong, imperfect woman.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A moving portrait of two women inextricably linked by the horrors of slavery…Kidd is a master storyteller, and, with smooth and graceful prose, she immerses the reader in the lives of these fascinating women as they navigate religion, family drama, slave revolts, and the abolitionist movement.” —ALA Booklist
“Monk’s compelling work of historical fiction stands out from the rest because of its layers of imaginative details in the lives of actual abolitionists…This richly imagined narrative brings both black history and women’s history to life.” —Library Journal
A New York Times article on the release of the book,
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd:
Author's website: http://suemonkkidd.com/
An excerpt from the audiobook (2:54)
excerpt from O Magazine January 2014: Oprah interview with Sue Monk Kidd
Lynn Neary interviews with Sue Monk Kidd - NPR All Things Considered
Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week." Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as "Women’s History Week."
In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month." Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month.
Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”
(From the Law Library of Congress' guide to the legislative history of Women's History Month.)
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