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Women's History Month 2019 at Whittemore Library

In honor of Women's History Month was asked the staff what woman they admired.

Boudicca: 1st Century Celtic Queen of the Iceni

Boudicca ¨took up the sword against the occupying Roman force as revenge for the abuse of her children and the illegal annexation of her lands by the Romans.   To this day Boudicca is somewhat of a folk hero for the British and has become the subject of everything from historical novels, television shows, video games, and even ghost stories. Overall, if while perhaps Boudicca was lacking in grace or serenity

Mary Wollstonecraft: Writer, Philosopher, Advocate of Women's Rights

Mary Wollstonecraft rebelled against the injustices of women and put herself on the line in doing so.  She was intelligent and sought an education, demanded her independence, fought for equality of the sexes, and kept herself open for love and family.  She lived by what she believed,

Her mature work, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman is one of the trailblazing works of ffeminism. Published in 1792, Wollstonecraft’s work argued that the educational system of her time deliberately trained women to be frivolous and incapable. She posited that an educational system that allowed girls the same advantages as boys would result in women who would be not only exceptional wives and mothers but also capable workers in many professions.

Dr. Pauli Murray: Civil Rights Activist, Educator, Legal Professional. Ordained Priest

Dr. Pauli Murray worked as a lawyer, and later as an episcopal priest, she fought to challenge preconceived notions of race, gender, sexuality, and religion.  Without Dr. Murray’s work the “Equal Protection Clause” may never have included gender-based discrimination. Dr. Murray also did not conform to preconceived notions of gender.”