Commemorating Women's History Month with Broward County Libraries!

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BCL celebrates Women's History Month with fun, free events.

DATE: January 27, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
Libraries Division
PHONE: 954-357-7402

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - As recently as the 1970's, women's history was virtually an unknown topic in general public consciousness. To address this situation, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women initiated a "Women's History Week" celebration for 1978.

In  February 1980,  President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8, 1980 as "National Women's History Week." As word spread rapidly across the nation, state departments of education encouraged celebrations of National. Within a few years, thousands of schools and communities were celebrating National Women's History Week, supported and encouraged by resolutions from governors, city councils, school boards, and the U.S. Congress.

By 1986, 14 states had already declared March as Women's History Month. This momentum and state-by-state action was used as the rational to lobby Congress to declare the entire month of March 1987 as National Women's History Month. In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women's History Month in perpetuity. A special Presidential Proclamation is issued every year which honors the extraordinary achievements of American women.

Women's History Month Events at Broward County Libraries

On Exhibit: Hallandale Beach Library; She - An Art Display, Miramar Branch Library & Education Center; The First Ladies Madame Alexander Doll Collection, Main Library; National League of Pen Women Art Show, North Regional/Broward College Library; 12 Voices Speaking for Art - A Women’s Art Collective, Northwest Regional Library; Famous Women, Riverland; My Life in Paintings by Betty Pinkney, South Regional/Broward College Library; Art by Mirianne Jean- Jacques and Photography by Laura Volk, M. Ed., Southwest Regional Library; Herstory, Tyrone Bryant Library; 50 Years Prospective of  An American Woman, West Regional Library

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Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the ninth largest library system in the nation by population served and one of the busiest, with more than 9 million walk-in customers visiting its 40 locations annually. The library has more than 3.4 million items and 2,000 computers for public use, and offers hundreds of events and programs to meet the needs of Broward County's diverse community. Broward County Libraries Division continues its strong emphasis on literacy, after-school programs and electronic access. In addition to our comprehensive Web site, which provides information about library activities, links to online catalogs, reference information and databases, customers can visit BCL WoW - Broward County Library Without Walls – for free eBooks, music, audiobooks, apps and more. Customers may also follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Libraries Division also administers the services, programs, collections and exhibits of the Broward County Historical Commission.

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