ACRL/Choice Webinars: Celebrating Women’s History with Library Resources


good afternoon everyone my name is Mark Derks and on behalf of ACRL and Choice i’d like to welcome you to today’s program celebrating women’s history with library resources which is sponsored by Galea cengage company. Today’s discussion is one in a series of sponsored webinars from ACRL and Choice that addresses new ideas developments and products of interest to the academic library community free to users restructured 60-minute live presentations provide the opportunity for interactive discussions and important new issues and developments in academic librarianship by librarians vendors authors and other interested stakeholders before we get started I’d like to point out a few features of the webinar software in the main area of the screen you can follow along with the presentation materials along the right hand side you will see a Q&A panel and a chat panel if you don’t you can click the button labeled chat and Q&A in the upper right corner of the screen to activate the panel’s please use the Q&A panel to submit questions to our speakers at the end of the presentation that will take a few minutes to answer your questions so please do submit them If you experience any technical difficulties please use the chat panel to let me know and I will troubleshoot the issue with you privately today we’re using the hashtag #acrlchoicewebinars choice webinars during and after the event so if you have another screen handy shout out to us we’re at choice_reviews on twitter and you can also find us on facebook also note that we are recording today’s program and everyone who registered will receive a follow-up email with a link to the archived version and now i’m pleased to hand the floor over to Laura Messing who will be introducing our speakers today thank you so much mark hi everyone I’m Laura Messing I’m a marketing manager at Gale i’d like to welcome everyone to this webinar and thank you all for attending we have two speakers for today’s webinar who will be sharing their insights on women’s history first speaker is Philip Virta he is the product manager for new products at Gail Phillip has worked in the educational publishing industry for over 17 years and held various roles in marketing sales business development product management and new product development Phil is the product manager for Gale’s new women’s studies archives our second speaker is Molly Murphy McGregor executive director and co-founder chair of the National Women’s History Project molly is a former high school social studies teacher who has worked for over 35 years in the fields gender equity and women’s history Molly conducts women’s history workshops and women’s historic site stores throughout the country she also works with state and national agencies on strategies and programs to help acknowledge and recognize the historic contributions of women who work in the field of multicultural women’s history She’s been widely recognized including awards from the national education association the US Department of Education the national association for multicultural education and the association for gender equity leadership and education leadership with that I want to thank Phil and Molly’s for presenting today and I’d like to hand it over now to Phil so please take it away right thank you very much Laura and good day to everyone there we go I’d like to talk briefly about what women studies is why it’s important and also give you an overview of our forthcoming archive as it notes here Gale is committed to preserving women’s history and I think this is important let’s get started right start off with what is women’s studies we’ve probably all have a definition in mind but let’s see what a few of our terms of knowledge have to say about the subject but usually comes to the forefront is that women studies is multidisciplinary it’s about women in society in history and culture is how women are treated and the opportunities they have or don’t have it’s a study of identities of experiences and achievements and it may indeed be the academic arm of the feminist movement women’s studies is a coalescence of lives ideas struggles and triumphs throughout the historical record shows us where we have been and where we’re going so why would Gale create an archive of follow primary sources for women studies why is this important to give you a quote from douglas adams one of my favorite authors human beings who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so it’s important to study and understand the historical record to witness through the eyes of someone who was there in order to get the facts straight and gain a better understanding the world we live in it’s important because women’s issues are still at the forefront of the news women and girls are still repressed there are still those who see women as objects there are those who would control how women look and dress a woman’s right to choose your own destiny has not respected everywhere and basic human rights are not guaranteed this is not to state that the future is all doom and gloom great strides have been made in a quality education basic rights work opportunities and personal choice nevertheless there’s more work to be done for all of these reasons and many more women studies and women’s history are important and the opportunity to research a historical record through primary sources is vital understand the past so we can make a better future for everyone so much of history is one-sided mainly focused on the male perspective women’s voices are not often heard the women’s issues and identities archive provides the opportunity to look at history especially contemporary history from the female perspective it offers primary source materials from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries women’s issues and identities allows for the serendipitous discovery of commonalities among over any of archival collections the archive will reveal a portion of the history of the empowerment of women as they took control of their lives and identities and how they did it in different times places and situations that focuses on the issues that have affected women societal contribution social status and women’s movements are advisory board is in place to help guide our women’s studies archival program with their help will uncover other interesting archives and subject areas to explore in order to further in which women studies and women’s history that would also mention that we’re always looking for feedback guidance and suggestions from people that are interested in women studies from those who purchase our archives and from those who simply want their voice to be heard so P please feel free to share your thoughts with us the beauty of an archival collection lies not only in preserving the historical record but also in finding commonalities and connections in searching across hundreds of thousands or even millions of Records it’s possible to spot trends uncover intersections and reveal shared experiences you’ll find a variety of interesting research areas and women’s issues and identities whether you’re looking for a history of the development of family planning for the records of the Malthusian League and planned parenthood federation of america or discovering indigenous voices through the records of women missionaries who lived and worked in communities around the world or finding ways in which women all over Europe affected social change in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries you’ll also find connections between each of these collections and such things as poverty birth control political activism and women social roles women’s issues and identities provides a contemporary view of women studies in history the collections in the archive offer numerous perspectives on women’s identities experiences and achievements and helps researchers find common themes among unique materials so give you a quick tour through the archival collections we’ve assembled you learn about the Malthusian Lee found in 1877 is one of the first organizations in the world to advocate voluntary family limitation is a solution to the problems of overpopulation and poverty the activities of the league are documented in their journal the Malthusian which includes a wealth of letters and articles on poverty overpopulation demographic principles legislation race family-sized birth control and statistical comparisons with other European nations and major powers you also find the eugenics revue featuring articles and discussion and reviews on a wide range of topics such as abortion alcoholism birth control child welfare crime divorce ethics religion legislative processes fertility maternity poverty peace and war the records of the planned parenthood federation of america documented struggles to provide services including birth control and sexual health relationship counseling sex education treatment for sexually transmitted disease and international family planning the collection is exceptionally strong as coverage of the legal challenges supported by the PFA and its predecessor organizations as well as in documenting the relations between ppfa and major stakeholder groups like physicians social workers nurses and public health staff the relationship between local affiliates international organizations illuminated both into collections coverage of annual meetings and in his affiliate files you’ll also find within the collection the evolution of the ppsa starting with the American birth control league and the birth control clinical research bureau will see how the organization’s face a challenging economic uncertainties of the great American depression in the nineteen thirties you’ll find the emergence of the PFA during world war two and its family planning work during and after the war you’ll see how margaret sanger and British family planning activists created the International Planned Parenthood foundation in 1952 and you’ll also find references to the 1965 US Supreme Court ruling griswold versus connecticut in which the last bastion of the 1873 Comstock act Connecticut’s draconian law permitting the practice of contraception even among married couples struck down in these turbulent times when family planning is once again under attack the planned parenthood federation of america records and the Malthusian we offer his store history education and perspective on the important works these organizations and their predecessors has undertaken there’s women and health mental health which offers articles and research papers pcs speeches lately read let’s pull three and graphics created by women and covering a variety of significant issues and women’s lives you’ll find topics such as sterilization alcoholism birth control marriage lesbianism motherhood prostitution and a variety of others important to women’s health grassroots feminist organizations you can find the women school where women could acquire new skills including ones generally deemed inappropriate for girls such as auto mechanics and self-defense to find the records of the women’s educational center where among many other important current occurrences activists founded the rape crisis center created the house workers handbook established the Elizabeth stone house for disturbed women and built transition house as a haven for battered women and their children to her story collection contains journals newspapers and newland newsletters of women’s liberation and women civic religious professional and peace organizations from all over the world the collection covers and offers multiple perspectives on the empowerment of women in the 20th century women’s lives covering the period from eighteen eighties to the nineteen fifties you’ll find a woman’s missionaries collection part of women’s lives collection it provides a rich history of both American women missionaries and the people with whom they reside abroad these missionaries were highly literate group wrote long letters home kept journals of their observations of local peoples and customs and papers diaries and photographs from East Asia Pacific Rim south asia africa south america and the united states are represented in this collection i should also mention within the women’s lives collection you’ll find the women’s pioneers collection which contain a number of significant materials relating to women’s history and the history of the pacific northwest of the United States the majority of the files in that collection our Diaries and reminiscences describing over land journeys to Oregon by pioneer families additional journals and diaries describe the daily concerns of women living in towns and farms and ranches in Oregon women in law offers materials in a variety of categories within the collection you can find information on the changing roles and social conditions of women throughout the world how men have related reacted to women and women’s movements non women’s liberation groups materials on women and classical traditional roles and vocations and stereotypes you also have articles and research describing the nature of women’s oppression by institutions and laws materials about women’s liberation groups and movements this is nobody by no means a comprehensive list of the contents but rather offers a flavor for what can find inside the collection you’ll find the women’s labor early broadly-based feminist pressure group founded in london to promote the political representation of women in Parliament local bodies materials include periodicals pamphlets and annual reports from its beginnings in 1906 through to 1900 77 reflects more than 70 years of sustained campaigning and the collection offers the opportunity to examine the substance and causes a political change over an extended period of time it’s also the committee of 15 records which will uncover a snapshot of the history of prostitution in new york city as well as a view into immigration history the committee of fifty was actually the first New York City’s tool anti-vice committees of the early 20th century the committee of 14 continued many of the investigations begun by the committee of fifty only active for a year reports notebooks letters and scrapbooks of the committee members and investigators provide a rich social and urban history and an interest interesting perspective on women’s history as the women’s trade union leak election where you can find how the league soft to counter the exploitation of working women through organization of women’s trade unions and by securing the passage of protective legislation regulating hours and working conditions and setting minimum wage standards wtul records also portrayed the history of the American immigrant experience as families from all over the world moved to America seeking opportunities when you have them ended up living on the edge of subsistence forcing children into the workforce at the age of 12 or 13 to work in crowded unsanitary factories with long working hours and seasonal layoffs wtul records reveal not only women’s his three and labor history but also show how the WTO well supported the suffrage movement by bringing women into the movement and bringing the support of male unionists the records also bear witness to the WTU l’s influence on the role of women and government agencies during World War One the founding at work of the federal women’s bureau and the split within the women’s movement over the Equal Rights Amendment which the wtul and other women’s groups actually opposed as a threat to protective legislation european women’s periodicals were carefully curated to select unique titles not included in the garrison collection sometimes i do overlap were included as they offered significant numbers of unique x traditions within this collection you’ll find periodicals from women’s groups against german national socialism from continental European suffrages for birth control propagandists from housewives associations and from educational reformers will discover how the First World War transformed women’s opportunities you’ll uncover information about second wave feminists as they attempted to change the things about society that kept women subordinate such as low pay discrimination in hiring or lack of control over their own reproductive lives women’s liberation activists organized against the portrayal of women as sex objects against racism and homophobia and in opposition to the many kinds of violence that kept women in their place now that you’ve heard a little bit why not why we’re shining a light upon women studies I’d like to turn the presentation over to someone who knows quite a bit about women’s studies women’s history and women’s identities she is one of the founders of National Women’s History Week here in the United States and one of the leaders of the lobbying efforts have a full month of March be dedicated to women’s history it is my distinct honor and pleasure to introduce Molly Murphy MacGregor thank you feel thank you very very much and after that extraordinary complex presentation what I’m about to say I’m certain might startle people but we have seen that the evidence of the rich that country women and yet i can tell you that even today generations later 40 years later I don’t have people that challenge me and say oh I know you’re making it up because you want to feel better as a woman when I started this might look like they were students started me on this on this on this journey because i didn’t know anything about when the country I had graduated with a bachelor’s in history and um and I caught us experienced a high school level and it was during the women’s movement when students against happy about it and i really i really didn’t have much makes them and finally I decided that I really need to work research and decided that I would be brave enough to propose a class women because nothing like learning by teaching and so I did I proposed to class ar-ar-ar-ar staff meeting and this same young fella who image i was also teaching us three he left me and he said Molly you can teach a class on women that take you about an hour now I would love to tell you that is the voice of the past but it is still so much voice of the present for this morning one of the things i I’d like to just over a few topics most of these topics service review for you but they might hopefully provide some very specific references that you can also give and and reports that you can give to people who still are living in a different century and I think we have evidence lately that we do have a few people who are living in a different century are so I i will review why women’s three disability of women importance of writing women back in the country edition of the national history project which is recognized honor and celebrate the different contributions of american women and then the role of librarians extending the work of a national emergency projects but I think you’ll be really happy to hear and finally our partnership with Gail are very very exciting for us it seems like women’s history has really come of age unfortunately Gerda Lerner longer with us she was one of those extraordinary pioneers and these first two quotes from her women’s mental and official indispensable heritage from which we can draw comfort courage and long-range vision help us learn who we are but we don’t know our own history our power and dreams are diminished immediately and I think about the level of misogyny that we have seen evidence lately and I think after on the part of women as well as on the apartment and I think my goodness it’s because they don’t even have sense of who they are what women have done out and what we can do and the last quote is from Myra Pollack Sadker who did a lot–a lot of research on gender equity and she said and it’s one of those things first keep remembering each time a girl opened the book and reads a womanless history she learns she is worthless the invisibility The invisibility of women is really a number one problem because the invisibility comes all of the stereotypes the National Women’s History Project every year we are at we felt the themes that we can have a specific focus in terms of talking about women and women’s contributions this year you see our theme is honoring trailblazing women in the field of business and labor and so we asked people from all across the country to nominate women and we did we received hundreds of nominations it was really hard selection process but our goal is always to present real role model people that have lived or are living today so that people can’t say oh you just made it up well we have a whole archive of the work take care of what they accomplished so clearly we didn’t just make it up the importance of role models is just important for poise as it is for girls because that way they contain himself equal participants and partners in education all the research that we’ve done in the field has four girls at the knowledge of lemon tree tops encourage different confidence and self-esteem because they have really direct role models and so boys it helps them respect the female experience because it’s hard to respect something you know so little about our goal in implementing within three months has never been to segregate women into one month of the year but given the obstacles we were facing and it begins in 1980 are when I did a used to work for the department at california department of education and i would ask students to name five women in American history now these were sixth graders because one of them something I i take five man first and of course they would name maybe three of the four president and then I think you need five women and their goals their idea of women was mrs. next question mrs. Jefferson even though didn’t have a a wife you know that that was their whole extent of what they knew about women’s history and we knew that the reason what’s happening is because their teachers didn’t know anyone in history and that’s only came up with the idea for an national women’s history month well actually we we set our sights so much much lower than that we really began with the National Women’s History Week we got if we could establish a week and and get teachers to think about women in a week they might start making assignment of the schools we we evaluated we have waited six of the elementary schools in our own County and of the 37 books we discovered 1983 27 books we discovered that had any women with it was a biography or women to the title or whatever they hadn’t been checked out in anywhere from five to 15 years and every teacher I just had to check it out because you had behind them like to check out these books so it was with that information that we began to work for an idea of having a women’s history week we tried if we can do that we can begin to pick women into the classroom we could we also brought in a community of people who would be real role models and we can begin to deal with infertility of woman’s life because what we saw happening is, say, let’s talk about Harriet Tubman but then they would think that Harriet Tubman was the only woman who ever went south was ever part of the Underground Railroad they have no larger context that this was not not just that single woman about what women did in women’s lives and so as has happened and as we move forward with it which had tremendous success school I mean first of all was something new for the kids I’ll give you one example of this would be happening birthdays had taught about this Indiana and helps working with for a very long time and the constant because it was separated 15 because just kind of nodded and we bring in a cake and so that meant it was special because it would take but there one day decided that she would make it more personal she would, because Susan B. Anthony worked so diligently for women to have the right to vote and be represented then um for that week they do special activity and only the girls to vote but the boys could Lobby say that there was um near rebellion after three days is a major understatement but still brought home the idea of what it means to be discriminated against what it means when only some people get access to education or the opportunity and it was it was the beginning and it was a huge beginning in our county. Our county schools got involved there and we found the success of women’s history week to be way beyond anything we had imagined so as we had now engaged educators in writing women back into history now we needed even provide more resources and more ways to do that it was at the beginning it was the five of us all of us came from very very different backgrounds I was the person that the teacher so I was the person that pretty much took the lead but everybody else could the problems the difficulty in in women not knowing their history kids not knowing their history at the time one of the majority of that was used with other women say something negative about something they say oh you’re a girl and pristine a girl or being a woman was negative thing so this is a this is a to generational of transfers transformation we have seen and I’d like to tell you that it’s been um uh 20 steps forward and only two steps that the whole way but it’s just not true because what happened even though we were able to have a woman’s a week later No Child Left Behind came to be the dominating thing that was happening in the school and because of that Women’s History Week and then Women’s History Month really took a… What shall I say? It was not it essential. It was not important and the reason was because it was tested i want to go back for just a moment to say why March is women’s history month and one more time reiterate it’s only the beginning but we all need beginnings initially it was Women’s History week and the reason we selected women do we can sit well with extraordinary resources that girl now has available for us we decided it had to be in March because March has international women’s day We wanted to stress from the beginning the international connections between and among all women we wanted to make sure that we had a multicultural perspective then we’ll be talking about women we’re talking about women of all religions of all races all cultural backgrounds are women of all different regions throughout the country to really show the expanse of women are and what they’ve accomplished and the last second was for women workers now seems kind of unusual why would you need to stress the fact that women workers in the workforce given the numbers of women in the workforce but in 1986 in California were that 9 out of ten young women would marry uh but but with women thought of not another ten young women in 1980 such that they would marry and they would work until they would work until their husband got a promotion or they would work until they had their first child and their paperwork until and the attitude of sticking that you’re only going to work until let these young girls it’s a practice didn’t didn’t really engage them in math and science and that was our goal we wanted to present role models history of women not only and social change but also mad science and achievement so that these young girls would understand but they have been married nine and ten of them but 9 out of 10 of married women in 1980s find themselves working outside the home for 35 years so we have always seen women’s history as a way that’s not just an academic pursuit of knowledge but actually the inspiration encourage young girls they have this long tradition and their lives are going to change the women before them life have changed and they need to be part of that historic process so we were very fortunate in 1979 to be able to take it to Congress is that you know 14 states have already declared March is Women’s History Month and we know Congress wants to be on the forefront of this movement and so we’re asking you to declare the entire month’s large as well history month and because i always like to say nice things about people that sometimes there’s some controversy about i want to tell you that the reason that we were able to actually push through and get March is National Women’s History Month is because of orrin hatch and i say that because or has not known for his leadership around women’s rights or hatches a Mormon and warm and people have a very very strong sense of their history and if you read about Mormon women you’ll see they have had spine of Steel anyway it was dropped Germans who of course objectives there being a whole bunch about women and you want to be said but because orrin hatch is also Republican he really is ground and we can’t really think senator hatch for for moving that forward at least having the month of March be declared as one of the three months and again we can also produces oh my god no you’re gonna release dates back with March don’t you know that women participated every month of the year and i think yes I do know that and I’m really glad that people will be motivated after march but everything has to begin somewhere and that’s where we that were beginning itself and is coming up and of course I I just had the theme is honoring trailblazing women in labor and business where I really want to pay tribute to all of you librarians when we first started none of us none of your business people we wanted to change the world we just want people to respect women we just wanted to give teachers from materials that they could take lesson plans basically that they could take and use and and begin to change the curriculum and in doing this I traveled throughout the country to conducting teacher training sessions of showing them how easy it would be to include women all you have to do is you know ask new questions doesn’t matter what time period your TV let’s just say you’re in other civil war we take well to civil war impact women more than impacted minutes impact cultural racial groups differently and just asking new questions with an interesting way to expand what they were learning in their textbooks well in doing one of these sessions one of the librarians to me you know Molly if there was a single-source supplier for women’s history resources it would be so easy for us because right now you know we have to ferret out all the different publishers that might or might not be carrying on a topic on one women that might be relevant for for any grade level well I didn’t really know the single supplier was but I went back to California and said migraine suggest we become single supplier and with that we were able to write a grant and determine all the resources that were available throughout the country at the time that i would like to tell you it was intended on ending list but it wasn’t and what we did is we select the very best resources from that list and with that we were able to start a Women’s History catalog of multicultural women’s history resources now we held that catalog for we were able to do that talent for almost 20 years in the meantime like Amazon got involved with executing women’s history titles and unfortunately up women book stores were also had the competition of it and so we we no longer have a resource catalog but we have never gone there would have never been able to present this extraordinary with 32 pages of resources and we wouldn’t have survived at as an organization if we were being supported by the librarians playing our book so that i know many of you on the phone calls they are librarians and I just really want to thank you so much for all the work you did and expanding our work and making it possible and also you know giving people information that these resources looks really good except and with that we established a network news that we carried on for for almost 20 years that librarian and teachers and resource materials we did quarterly we set out now all of this of course before the internet now and I say these things sound almost quaint because now we have the internet to do this for us but at the time it was anything but point it was certainly we have a lot of paper i have i have to admit but we were able to connect about 8 900 people together in different states different occupations all of them talking about what they were now doing for women’s history and many of these women took on the idea of doing women’s history trails are doing women’s reproduction the whole way to make history come alive and of course they could do it without the research and the information that was that was being provided by historians I mean by libraries at the same time because libraries were continuing to encourage teachers to make these new women’s history projects and women the ideas everyday caught on and Industry date has been around forever but now suddenly it wasn’t used with the whole thing about women being part of that history and all the extraordinary are two great projects it probably will contact about you know to either evaluate or or recommend resources and it all really came from the inspiration of of a librarians making these resources valuable even at the beach very beginning with when libraries that was some reception from some pieces they put activities up and about had a content in their own library and the way to introduce the fact that women country was very much part of the historic experience and to be fun and they could learn something so i really wanted to say thank you to all of librarians of because not only that work and now now it’s in it stands to generations but it’s it’s snowing that you can go you can call your library we before before Google and all of the other resources we had we used to have our local librarian and speed dial and um and we really appreciate the work doesn’t know what county library because people with college and they take was there asian american woman that was a pilot in the Second World War I mean they ask us your questions like that and of course we didn’t know that librarians good so I just wanted to at least have 11 part of this presentation that really pays tribute all the work that you have done and the last time I really want to thank scale up the good work this collection that they have brought together it brings it all the all of the factors that we were talking about we’re talking about the common woman we’re talking about women of all races and religions and ethnicities regions are we talking about women who’ve done things from you know from from making a historic discoveries of science math and and changing the world were talking about women like Eleanor Roosevelt and the Declaration of Human Rights and we’re talking about the women like my mother who embrace nine children and and held us together and I did the kinds of things really build and curry fabric and and that what we can find these archives and it couldn’t come at a more important time because we live we live in a world now with of course fake news state news isn’t a nice word for it i live in a world where people feel free to lie about things and so the importance of having real research of what was said at the time by the person speaking it I I absolutely recommend people doing research on Margaret Sanger who these souza to the archives because I I don’t have a few women have ever been maligned as badly as more sanger having her own words having her own perspective having having the context of what was happening during that time really illuminates a whole different idea about uh women are what they did and then why they did it uh there’s so many misconceptions and and some of us didn’t really quite honestly you know just ignorance but so much more of it has been um really trying to provide people with things that are just not true i have this ongoing experience people who will tell me something that is just so so not true and i will start to tell them why it’s not true and let me know just go to the Internet Molly it will show you you know look up blah and it will show you and I tried to tell them that the other internet might tell me anything I want to I want to find especially if it’s if it’s updated encourage my own point of view ah but that’s not the answer the answers go to primary source documents the answer is to really go and see what was really said what what did you really do and so that’s why I’m so appreciative that girls coming out with this arm at this time because it has ever been a time for us to challenge from live distortions and omissions now is the time and whether or not we call it fake news or fake street we need to be able to set the record straight i don’t like to say something about working with students over the years that I real excitement about discovering primary source material because not only because it challenges some of the assumptions that they been told and they always like to prove the teacher or the textbook wrong but also because of their own autonomy in making the discovery of their own their own authenticity and I think that often have to become one of the words that we use a lot so that we can say the people how authentic that you know anybody can make up anything but when you use primary source materials you get to pick to its reinterpret some of those moments in history that has been so incredibly distorted and often not even intentionally i guess the last example I I i would give his diary of a women that were that were used during the Civil War to write some of the books that I ran the Civil War when I was in college and I there with they were led by men totally missed the point of what these women were saying about their families and about where these children were coming from it was a whole different telling of the Civil War when you look at it from the perspective of women and how women lived it and i have to say that about history in general the more diversity we can have some more pluralism we can have some of the more perspective we can have a more authentic our history becomes and um I think women’s history is pivotal to that partly because we continue to be controversial I still receive emails on a regular basis or not something that you think was be written in terms of 17 but rather somebody who is afraid who is afraid that what we women trying to do are we trying to take over the world and i tried always contextualize it in in historic moment and i also like to quote people like Orrin Hatch because i think in doing so it and again we use the words that are hats used when he proposed women three months because sometimes people just need to feel safe need some more comfortable and they mean make me feel like you’re not trying to make them wrong you’re just trying to encourage them to investigate on the real source of what the information is and the scale digital archive allows us to do that in a way that has never been done before so kudos to Gail I’m so grateful I’m so grateful to all of you librarians and arms and all the other folks that are participating this call and now I think we’re going to take some questions find out what would you like to say thank you molly this is this is mark uh thank you so much for that I just got one quick request for you as we go into taking some questions I’ll turn the floor over to Laura in just a moment ok could move that the phone a little bit away from your your your mouth I felt it in my mouth help you might help with some static issues that we’ve been having okay how’s that much better great okay sorry about that thank you thank you and then i’ll i’ll just turn it over to Laura galactic as a few questions from folks that have come in okay yes okay thank you so much marketing thank you both to fill and Molly for such an insightful presentation and I want to go to this next fight here and let you all know first before we take some questions that if you want to learn more about what Gail is doing with our women’s of study archives you can visit google.com / women’s history and see how you can get in touch with a girl’s representative you continue the conversation about such an important topic I’m so now and we’re opening it up to questions and we’ve had we have one that’s come in and it’s for Phil so Phil what is one of your favorite collections in the archive and why thanks Laura of that’s a good one I really enjoyed helping at all the collections in the women’s issues and identities are kinda one of the collections that resonated most with me was a woman’s missionaries and women missionaries and pioneers as a returned Peace Corps volunteer myself I can relate to the desire to get out in the world to expand your horizons to serve to help to teach to learn and it would be a part of something greater than yourself whether by choice or circumstance this particular collection mr. Pratt along a bit offers person history’s you get a variety of women who let their homes in order to effect change in the world for make changes in their own lives even if you can put aside the political and religious you can see that these women were courageous they were compassionate what they undertook to do one example in this is a primary missionary job ordained minister a preacher was closed to women with the missionaries typically took on professional roles in the fields such as educators physicians and nurses and then these women that incredible diaries letters photographs that really speak to a changing world that you get glimpses of new cultures and customs around the globe you can hear the voices of the people with whom these women lived and worked i just want to give you a little more here a little flavor what is inside the collection here’s an excerpt from the finding aids so aside from those in China most of the women whose papers are included in this collection lives under wonder another of the colonial powers in Korea under japanese rule in british india before and after independence and in the Belgian Congo their papers offer an American woman’s perspective on these different colonialism others worked in south america such as Brazil and Paraguay and in the Pacific and China was not alone in experiencing dramatic social conflict during this period that the papers were actually collected the papers from India include commentary on the violence following the partition of India and Pakistan that accompanied the British withdrawal in 1947 it goes on to say in both cases the accounts found in these papers are invaluable for putting a human face on large historical events that are too readily viewed in abstract terms so I one more I just throw-in because this has women missionaries and pioneers so you get the brave souls who get personal records of and wrote letters about a long arduous journey along the Oregon Trail their families and precious personal effects and wagons that are barely the size of a modern SUV but i’ll leave that one to all of you to discover but thank you for the question and let me read a lot of it thank you so our next question is for Molly so with the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in the united states in the United States coming up in the year twenty twenty are you starting to make plans for that and working with other women’s history organizations to plan a celebration well I’m happy to tell you that there is a widespread of work going on with countless of women’s organizations throughout the country now this year 2017 is the centennial of four new york state New York one that vote in in 1917 and so they are doing some really dramatic and wonderful of work on woman suffered in that state at the same time in every state there are different organizations who are organizing to make sure that their state does something they’re wonderful things proposed of the women’s vote trail which would meet all the way across for you know from Maine to California and from Oregon to Florida all the different ways whether it be a courthouse or a parade route or a famous suffrage for not famous efforts home along the way a group called women’s history collaborative is working on that and they’re working with people off in every state to do that the overarching group that’s working on the nap most national level is a twenty20 centennial initiative and they’re working to again coordinate to make sure that all the states are going to do something but also probably to do some uh that they’re working with the library of congress and they’re working with the Smithsonian to make sure that we have a whole year at least of presentations and displays that will go on not just in Washington DC but historic sites throughout throughout the country and if people are interested in more information about that we have-we national history project has has an organization called the Women’s History Alliance and the goal of the Women’s History alliance have 26 2020 be declared a federal holiday and the reason we want to have that it’s not just because we want a federal holiday but because we really want to stress the importance of voting and that’s one of the things that’s happening right now from now until 2020 and past they’ll be women’s equality day in August 26 the anniversary of women with nina on a federal level they’ll be parade will be marches i’ll be up all sorts of different activities throughout the country from now until 2020 to really encourage people to understand the importance of the vote and the fact that women’s suffrage wasn’t just about voting it was about Marion of issues from you know equal pay to equal access accredited to the whole realm of it so yes there’s there’s a lot of extraordinary a wonderful things going on and everything if people wanna if you go to our website which is just and international WS and women ages and history PS project.org AG and you can either type in women’s history alliance in the search engine or you think that one of the little blocks & Women’s History Alliance if you click on that it will tell you all about it and membership is free and it’s just an opportunity so that we make sure that people know what’s going on and if they want to participate how they could do so thank you molly for that and now i have a question directed to fill so well we’ll deal that material to this archive or is it static thanks Laura currently this archive is that most of our archives are essentially static one so it’s closed out nevertheless will probably add some additional materials additional collections as they come in but that’s not to say that that’s it we go ahead and we look at these archives programs and are always looking for additional opportunities to at materials to go ahead and find new resources new archives and and create new and interesting archives for you to work with okay great thank you and i have a question now for Molly so this question it comes from somebody in the audience here who says that she’s no longer teacher or working outside the home she lives in a rural area and you have any ideas on how to spread awareness of women’s history up yeah i hope i have a lot it is like email me specifically you know just at and whp at NW HP that o RG and tell me in the first significant might be able to even be more focused on on funds on what to say but i do think that rural communities they have to what they have a lot of mysteries it’s right there in their own community that very often just don’t even have any awareness of the library to and the library’s very eager to provide that so yes there are a lot of different specific things you can do in your own community at work and community women and i said if you if you’d like to email me directly I’d be glad to give you up a whole list and if you tell me the state you’re in I probably didn’t tell you other people in that state your reaches that might be doing other things that you might be able to build on okay thanks Molly our next question is for Phil so how were the Women’s History collections selected for inclusion into the guild product and his girl looking for more contributions of primary resources if so how would one started discussion about that alright the ocean selection criteria we do a lot of research among librarians among faculty we’ve talked to folks and we do a lot of our own research as well and trying to find interesting archives and interesting collections but then come up with a theme based on the feedback we get so these were selected not only from archives around the world but also from our own materials that we have that’s one way we do this and if you are interested in contributing primary resources if you have your own if you know of a collection of are always happy to hear about that you can contact me directly don’t know if my emails showing up here or not but you can get ahold of gaylord get ahold of your representative at second I’m happy giving out mine it so Philip with one l dot V irta at cengage dot-com you can see my name there and just a with a dot between them and at cengage com i’m happy to learn about for the resources or if you have questions concerns or just want to give some feedback about the archive feel free to contact me yes and we can also in our follow-up email to all the registrants will include the contact information for both still and Molly and Molly somebody just put in a request here could you repeat your email address one more time please step the easiest email address is been as national WS women aged history p as project at and national w’s women 83 years and project that o RG for an educational non-profit so it’s not comments dot org ok and we’ve got a one more question for Phil. Does the University have to purchase to access the archives or an individual’s access individuals can access through their institution that actually purchases it so yes it is its large public library or any public library for that matter it’s a university it is the institution that purchases you are credible resource and then it makes it available to their institutional members me that an academic University or a public library or even a k-12 school and some cases its institutional access okay great and I think we’ve got time for one more question and that is for Molly so Molly do you think that there’s more or less support for women’s history now been in been in the past well it’s really mixed question there is so much more information there’s so much more curiosity the same time probably somewhere between fifty and sixty percent of schools don’t know that marksman three months so for the people who do know there’s a lot of information and a lot of work being done but the whole thing I need to be how do we introduced with three months how do we introduce the idea of significance of women in history so it it goes both ways okay great well with that I want to thank everyone for attending this webinar and i’m going to hand it over to mark great thank you laura and and thank you phil and Molly for the presentation so much like fascinating information and and history here i’d just like to take a moment to sort of give each of you a virtual round of applause thank you so much for spending some time with us today and for sharing all of this information um I’d also like to remind our viewers that we did record the program today so please be on the lookout for a follow-up email from a crl and choice with a link to the recording and thanks again to all of you out there listening in I hope you enjoyed the session and i hope you all have an excellent afternoon thank you

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