The Newsletter of the American Library Association SRRT Feminist Task Force

January 2017
ISSN 2154-4085 (online)

Stronger Together: Finding Strength in Our New Reality
Postermaking for the Atlanta March @ Midwinter17. Photo by Amanda Adams Lee

WiL Editor Dolores Fidishun writes: I, like many others can still remember that sickening moment when, very early in the morning of November 9, 2016, I watched as the internet indicated which states had been called for Hillary Clinton and I suddenly realized that there was no way that she could garner enough Electoral College votes to take the election. It was an unreal, disconcerting moment. I could not think. I had to just stop and prayed that somehow it was not true. As we all know it was much too true and Donald Trump has been sworn in as president. Instead of celebrating the first woman president we are in fear of what our country will become; what will happen to anyone who does not conform to the radical standards of this administration and legislative majority? We are in fear of our lives as women. People of color, LBGTQ, immigrants, and others also face not only the lack of what was a start of recognition but the hate and violence promoted and condoned by this campaign. Women fear for their lives as they see organizations like Planned Parenthood under attack and the Affordable Care Act on the chopping block without a replacement. Many fear they will be assaulted or killed simply for who they are. I have gone beyond trying to figure out what happened. I have had moments of deep despair. I lost both of my parents in the past year and a half and I feel that I have lost my country too. I am not the only one. | Go to the full article


Assisting Transgender Patrons

How does a library worker respond to patrons who come to a library to find information about Gender Dysphoria, either for themselves or perhaps a loved one? How do we provide info for a young person who is searching for who they are? Are there ways libraries can provide safe havens for community groups? How can librarians find out about support systems or places to refer people? How can librarians help them?
Author and advocate Sophie Kandler provides basic information and a resource list for librarians | Go to the full article

The Business of Being a Woman?

Christina Riehman-Murphy and Lillian Hansberry find parallels with the current political climate in the U.S. and the historical record of an essay contest at The Ogontz School for Young Ladies in Rydal, PA, which awarded a cup to the girl each year who wrote the best essay on the "Business of Being a Woman,” based on readings that included Ida Tarbell’s book of the same title. Tarbell, nationally known journalist and muckraker, published The Business of Being a Woman, a book of her essays which sought to highlight the nobility of woman doing what nature and society intended her to do. Despite being a highly educated single woman and having gained much success in the male-dominated profession of journalism, Tarbell, nonetheless, although she believed in women's liberation, to the abhorrence of many, did not believe that women should have the vote. To Tarbell, women were simply different, and to fight for what men had was both unnatural and misguided; rather using their new found freedoms and education in the reverential and sacred work of marriage, motherhood, and homekeeping was where women would achieve true liberation. | Go to the full article

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Amelia Bloomer Project 2017 Top Ten Books Announced

The complete 2017 Amelia Bloomer List will be posted later this week.

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