Celebrate Women's History

Women's History Month was created to commemorate, celebrate and encourage the study of the accomplishments and advancement from women in history. Originally in 1978 as week of celebration in Sonoma County, to honor women, it eventually gained popularity nationally and In 1981 Congress passed the Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Eventually in 1987 Congress would then recognize it as Women's History Month. What better way than to learn more about women in history than getting it from their perspective and others? Take a look at these suggested biographies. 

  • Kamala's way: an American life by Dan Morain
     - Get to know the first woman Vice President in history of the United States of America in this biography by Dan Morain as he analyzes her start working in the Alameda District Attorney's office to her historic win with President Joe Biden. 

  • A lab of one's own: one woman's personal journey through sexism in science by Rita Colwell, PhD, and Sharon Bertsch McGrayne - In Colwells book, she discusses her life in science and the sexism she has had to experience not just working in labs, but in professional organizations. She includes other women who have also had the same experiences she has had and the fight against the status quo working in STEM. 

  • Just as I am: a memoir by Cicely Tyson - Cicely Tyson is considered an icon in not only in black cinema, but in cinema in general. From her works in Sounder and Roots, Tyson was an astounding and accomplished actress who was revered for her work in the black arts. She completed her autobiography 'Just As I Am' just before passing. In her memoir she discusses her life in Hollywood and her beginnings and all of her accomplishments for her 96 years of living. 

Suggested Reading:
  • The genius of women: from overlooked to changing the world by Janice Kaplan 
  • Ida B. the queen: the extraordinary life and legacy of Ida B. Wells by Michelle Duster and Hannah Giorgis 
  • Aftershocks: a memoir by Nadia Owusu  

  • Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice by Nikki Grimes - Beautifully illustrated by Lauren Freeman; Grimes details Vice President Harris's life story in a way that will inspire young people from an early age to care about their community and to make a difference where ever they go as they grow up into adults. 

  • Breaking the Ice by Angie Bullaro - This was a great and inspirational story to young girls to give it their all, no matter the gender. In this story, we learn about Canadian hockey player Manon Rheaume, the first woman to play in the National Hockey League.  

Suggested Reading: 

  • Ruth Objects: The life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Doreen Rapapport 
  • Yayoi Kusama covered everything in dots and wasn't sorry by Fausto Gilberti 
  • Fly, girl, fly! : Shaesta Waiz soars around the world by Nancy Roe Pimm

Here are some interesting Henderson tidbits for you to also consume.  

BMI Hospital was the first hospital in Henderson, Nevada. It was built in 1942 to serve the employees at Basic Magnesium, Inc. (BMI). The BMI plant shut down its operations in 1944, and the hospital was put up for sale. 

Father Peter Moran, pastor of St. Peter's Church in Henderson, wrote a letter to Mother Mary Gerald Barry of the Adrian Dominican Sisters of Michigan in 1946 suggesting that the Sisters purchase the hospital. The Adrian Dominican Sisters proceeded with the purchase, and the hospital was renamed Rose de Lima and turned over to the Sisters in 1947. 

Seven Adrian Dominican Sisters arrived in Henderson in 1947 to assume responsibility for the hospital. These Sisters, along with countless other women in the Henderson community, worked hard during many lean years to ensure that the hospital could continue to provide high quality care to Henderson's residents.” - Henderson Libraries Digital Archives 

Henderson Libraries participated in a grant funded oral history project that interviewed people in Henderson in various different perspectives. These interviews illustrated a different view of life of a growing city. You have the option of viewing the interviews or reading the pdf transcripts.  

Veterans Oral History  

Henderson Oral History