Happy International Women's Day! Have you seen today's Google doodle? I love it! It also seems like a great opportunity to kick off our annual Women's History Month celebration here on Silver Shoes & Rabbit Holes.
I have some books on deck for the month, but I thought today I'd look back at the women and books from our first three years.
What We Read in 2013
Our very first Women's History Month on the blog looked at the book Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909. We followed that one with books about Harriet Tubman and Juliette Gordon Low. (Hey, we're still selling Girl Scout Cookies!) There were books about architect Julia Morgan and artist George O'Keefe, Josephine Baker and Marian Anderson, and a look at some important women in American history. (I might reexamine that last one this election year!) We finished 2013 with a big, fat hodgepodge of a post, with books about Jane Goodall, Mary Anning, Martha Graham, Audrey Hepburn, the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, and Julia Child.
What We Read in 2014
2014 was my most ambitious year on the blog. I managed to put together six Women's History Month posts - a great many books, sometimes grouped together (loosely) by theme. As Little Sis was in the full throes of her Amelia Earhart obsession, we began with "Beyond Amelia: Picture Books About Women in Aviation." Next was a hodgepodge, as we examined books about Fannie Farmer, Effa Manley, Maria Tallchief, and Anne Carroll Moore. The next post proved to be a popular one. "Who Says Women Can't Be..." looked at women who pioneered as firefighters, doctors, soldiers, reporters, astronomers, and explorers. Another hodgepodge followed, as we studied Louisa May Alcott, Harriet Quimby, Frida Kahlo, Wilma Rudolph, and Rachel Carson. Another great post for this election year would be "Women in Washington." We capped off 2014 with a look at Sojourner Truth, Helen Keller, Anne Frank and Ruby Bridges.
What We Read in 2015
Alas, my blogging had slowed considerably by March of last year. I only compiled three posts for 2015. The first looked at some great women in music: Bessie Smith, the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Ella Fitzgerald, and once again, Josephine Baker, as illustrated by my new favorite, Christian Robinson. Our second post celebrated artists and writers: Frida Kahlo (again), Gertrude Stein, and Wanda Gág. Last, we checked out books about an early naturalist, a famous nurse, and a Holocaust survivor.
I hope to get our new 2016 WHM posts underway soon. Stay tuned!