Celebrating the Life of Megan Carr-Wilks at Women’s History Event

Assemblymember Didi Barrett will be hosting a celebration of the life of former NYPD officer and Hudson resident Megan Carr-Wilks on Friday, March 23 at 4pm in the library’s Community Room. The event coincides with the release of the fifth volume of Assemblymember Barrett’s “Women’s History in the Hudson Valley: Ten Stories from Columbia and Dutchess Counties” booklet in celebration of Women’s History Month. Megan Carr-Wilks is one of ten remarkable Hudson Valley women honored in this year’s booklet. The event is open to the public.

Megan’s family and friends will share stories about her life and contributions to our community. Megan was an officer with the NYPD during the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, and later moved to Hudson where she worked as a School Resource Officer with the Hudson City School District. She passed away in 2017 from cancer related to her service as a first-responder during 9/11. Continue reading

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March is National Women’s History Month

National Women’s History Month celebrates the achievements of women in all fields of work and study, past and present. This month started out as a national celebration in 1981 as “Women’s History Week,” which began March 7. After Congress was petitioned by the National Women’s History Project for several years, Women’s History Week finally became Women’s History Month in 1987. Celebrate Women’s History Month by reading and learning about famous female figures in history, from Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Amelia Earhart. Here is a sampling of items focusing on women’s history from the Hudson collection:

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Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) / Sue Macy 

See how the bicycle helped women escape the confines of daily life by providing them with greater mobility, better exercise, and eventually, social reform.

Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World / Sy Montgomery 

Learn how Dr. Temple Grandin, who was diagnosed with autism as a teenager, revolutionized the livestock industry and became an autism advocate.

From Pocahontas to Power Suits: Everything You Need to Know About Women’s History in America / Kay Mills 

Learn about famous figures in American history, from Susan B. Anthony to Jane Addams to Eleanor Roosevelt, and how they helped change the United States to become what it is today.

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Shattering the Glass: The Remarkable History of Women’s Basketball / Pamela Grundy and Susan Shackelford

This book focuses on the history and evolution of women’s basketball, as well as its close links with the expansion of women’s economic and political rights.

From Parlor to Prison: Five American Suffragists Talk About Their Lives / edited with introduction by Sherna Gluck, foreword by Kathryn Kish Sklar

Hear in their own words what it was like to be a suffragist during the Women’s Rights Movement.

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My Beloved World: A Memoir / Sonia Sotomayor 

In this new release, Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, recounts her life from her life in a Bronx housing project to the federal bench.

W.A.R. !Women Art Revolution / Lynn Hershman Leeson (DVD)  Explore the history of feminist artwork from its roots in the 1960s to the present.

Want more sources for books on women’s history or feminist literature? Check out these links:

The Amelia Bloomer Project

Popular Feminist Literature

Recommended Books For Women’s History Month

Popular Famous Women Books

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