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In the month of March many different holidays are celebrated. We have added a few to the calendar and we encourage you to please add your Holiday and or special event to our calendar. Click here for more events:

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Women’s History Month

The evolution of the month to honor women begin March 8, 1857, when garment workers in New York City staged one of the first organized protests by working women. Women’s groups internationally have designated times to mark this day. In an effort to begin adding women’s history into educational curricula, a Women’s History Week was initiated in 1978. By 1981, the week was a natinal event, and in 1987, the National Women’s History Project petitioned Congress to include all of march as a celebration of women.

Here are several resources to find out more about this historic month:

Smithsonian Women Education and Events

National Womens Hall of fame

National Womens History Musem

Women History Facts

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ShiftingShifting - The Double Lives of Black Women in America
by Charisse Jones and Kumea Shorter-Gooden

From the Publisher: Based on the African American Women's Voices Project, Shifting reveals that a large number of African American women feel pressure to compromise their true selves as they navigate America's racial and gender bigotry.
Black women "shift" by altering the expectations they have for themselves or their outer appearance. They modify their speech. They shift "White" as they head to work in the morning and "Black" as they come back home each night. They shift inward, internalizing the searing pain of the negative stereotypes that they encounter daily. And sometimes they shift by fighting back.
With deeply moving interviews, poignantly revealed on each page, Shifting is a much-needed, clear, and comprehensive portrait of the reality of African American women's lives today.

America's WomenAmerica's Women - Four Hundred Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines
By Gail Collins

America's Women tells the story of more than four centuries of history. It features a stunning array of personalities, from the women peering worriedly over the side of the Mayflower to feminists having a grand old time protesting beauty pageants and bridal fairs. Courageous, silly, funny, and heartbreaking, these women shaped the nation and our vision of what it means to be female in America.
By culling the most fascinating characters -- the average as well as the celebrated -- Gail Collins, the editorial page editor at the New York Times, charts a journey that shows how women lived, what they cared about, and how they felt about marriage, sex, and work. She begins with the lost colony of Roanoke and the early southern "tobacco brides" who came looking for a husband and sometimes -- thanks to the stupendously high mortality rate -- wound up marrying their way through three or four. Spanning wars, the pioneering days, the fight for suffrage, the Depression, the era of Rosie the Riveter, the civil rights movement, and the feminist rebellion of the 1970s, America's Women describes the way women's lives were altered by dress fashions, medical advances, rules of hygiene, social theories about sex and courtship, and the ever-changing attitudes toward education, work, and politics. While keeping her eye on the big picture, Collins still notes that corsets and uncomfortable shoes mattered a lot, too.
"The history of American women is about the fight for freedom," Collins writes in her introduction, "but it's less a war against oppressive men than a struggle to straighten out the perpetually mixed message about women's roles that was accepted by almost everybody of both genders."
Told chronologically through the compelling stories of individual lives that, linked together, provide a complete picture of the American woman's experience, America's Women is both a great read and a landmark work of history.
576 pages. 2003

The Women's AdvantageThe Womens Advantage
by Mary Cantando

Whether you already own a business or are planning to start one, The Woman’s Advantage: 20 Women Entrepreneurs Show You What It Takes to Grow Your Business is the book for you. Author and leading women’s business expert Mary Cantando shows you how to harness often-overlooked resources—certification, referrals, and mentorship—and achieve lasting rewards by learning the lessons of top women entrepreneurs.
The women featured, all owners of multimillion-dollar (and billion-dollar) companies, each started out small and grew their businesses through smart choices and by connecting with the right networks. Their hard-earned experiences offer a wealth of insights, including ideas on how to:

  • Organize your business and position it for breakthroughs
  • Differentiate your business from others in the same market niche
  • Leverage certification to reach companies eager to do business with woman-owned enterprises
  • Network to develop powerful alliances, partners, and mentors
  • Enhance your business success by maintaining a positive attitude, remaining healthy, and managing stress

Although millions of women own businesses, fewer than 5 percent generate more than $1 million in annual revenue. The Woman’s Advantage is THE comprehensive resource to both teach and inspire you to grow your business.

Madeleine Albright - Madam SecretaryAs one might expect from someone with Albright's resume, the former Secretary of State speaks clearly, makes her points succinctly and doesn't stray into speculation, fancy or whimsy. She begins with her childhood in an intellectual Czechoslovakian family and moves fairly quickly through her education, courtship, marriage and motherhood before arriving at what can be considered the guts of the story-her impressive period of service as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and, eventually, as Secretary of State. Her no-nonsense tone is a perfect match for the material, her voice at once serious and warmly maternal. There are a few times when emotion seeps into her voice: when discussing her heated run-ins with Colin Powell or when relating details of the Kenyan embassy bombings and mass graves in Bosnia. An early passage in which she tells of the poor health of her twin babies and how she didn't want to name them until she knew they would survive, is particularly moving. Such moments are necessarily rare in a memoir of this nature, but they help paint a well-rounded picture of this remarkable lady.
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