Women (real and fictional) have been doing incredible things since…well, since forever. For Women’s History Month, we asked our staff who their SHE-roes are and, no surprise, the answers varied far and wide. Our to-listen-lists may be getting lengthy with all these stories about amazing women, but that won’t stop us from asking: who is YOUR SHE-ro?
“Iâ€™d say Julia Child or Sandy Stone, having a hard time choosing!”–Margaret Dunham, Social Media Manager
“My SHE-ro is Kya from Where The Crawdads Sings. She’s not a historical lady, but she is still a badass. Kya is abandoned by her mother and her four siblings at age six. What she doesnâ€™t understand (and neither could I) is why they left her behind with her alcoholic father. At age 10, her father also abandons her, leaving her alone to fend and raise herself in the North Carolina Marsh during the 1950s. Although this book is a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, it was inspiring to see how Kya transcends her difficult situation with her ingenuity, curiosity and fearlessness. I would have died immediately! Go Kya!”–Alexis Patterson, Strategic Events & Special Projects Manager
“Tara Westover: I read all of Educated in one sitting (on my 6 hour flight to LA) and was completely in awe of Tara and pretty much have not stopped talking about her and this book since. I especially loved the fact that she became so strong and independent through her education. When the state of our own countryâ€™s school system is still struggling, Tara and her words show us that education can open so many doors to so many people no matter where they came from. Basically I could talk about her forever, which I often do with Nicole.”–Julia Tabas, Associate Publicist
“Iâ€™m having such a hard time narrowing down my list of SHE-roes soâ€¦Iâ€™m picking them all! From Malala Yousafzai to Jane Goodall and Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Harriet Tubman, there are so many fierce females throughout history that are profiled in the Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls audiobooks. One thing they have in common, though? They were not afraid to be themselves and follow their hearts.”–Tara DJangi, Senior Manager, Creative Marketing
“My SHE-ro is Eleanor Roosevelt. She was a woman who refused to be defined by the title of “First Lady” and used her position of privilege and power to become a policy-making social activist who spoke out against racism and stood up for the rights of women (much to the public’s dismay…and in counter to her husband’s stances). In short, ER was a force to be reckoned with–whenever I need a spark of inspiration, I turn to her.”–Erin Murphy, Assistant, Creative Marketing
â€śI have so many heroes who are women that I couldnâ€™t choose just one. So, Iâ€™m going to bend the rules and pick women librarians, as a collective. And to clarify, Iâ€™m not talking about the shushing librarians of media myth, but the real ones: the die-hard censorship-fightinâ€™, truth-to-power speakinâ€™, fearless women who have consistently raised their voices throughout historyâ€”as they do todayâ€”when it comes to protecting the free and open exchange of ideas and providing safe public spaces where all people can access resources and become better informed. The American Library Association (ALA) doesnâ€™t have an Office for Intellectual Freedom for nothing! And even though it doesnâ€™t publish until October, I canâ€™t wait until Jojo Moyesâ€™ audiobook The Giver of Stars comes out â€“ itâ€™s a novel based on the true story of the Depression-era librarians who rode on horseback through Kentucky coal country bringing books to the people who lived there. I canâ€™t even say the last part of that sentence out loud without choking up.â€ť â€“Becca Stumpf, Assoc Manager, Creative Marketing