Commemorating Women’s History Month with TIE and Choice Content

To celebrate Women's History Month, we've compiled TIE and Choice resources from the past year that center women's history, including book reviews, podcast episodes, resource lists, and more.

Commemorating Women’s History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Toward Inclusive Excellence team gathered TIE content and Choice resources from the past year that spotlight women’s history, including female literary figures, Black women’s contributions to the Colored Conventions Movement, and intersectional feminist movements. Choice, the publisher of TIE and a publishing unit at the Association of College & Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, provides book reviews to help librarians identify academic sources and professional development tools like webinars, podcasts, and white papers.

New content will be added throughout March, so make sure to revisit this page for new book reviews, interviews, and more. We hope you find these selections helpful in your exploration of women’s rights, activism, and accomplishments.


Webinars

Choice-ACRL Webinars feature presentations on library trends by industry experts, covering topics like collection development, library technology, and scholarly communication.

Empowering Students with Primary Sources

This session features historian and professor Rebecca Jo Plant and student researcher Cayla Regas who shed light on the importance of primary sources in studying women’s history and social movements in the United States. Rebecca and Cayla discuss the development of a document project published in Women and Social Movements in the United States: ‘Do not toss this letter away’: Women’s Hardship Petitions to the U.S. Federal Government during the Civil War. Watch the webinar recording.


TIE Blog

These selections include several TIE blog posts and resource lists on topics like knowledgeable women tropes in horror films, implicit bias against female politicians, and more. To keep up with upcoming TIE content, subscribe to the TIE newsletter.

Blog Posts

Frightful Librarians: How Knowledgeable Women Are Portrayed as Problematic Horror Tropes

Illustration of a melting candle affixed to a skull, representative of librarians' pursuit of knowledge.

I can probably guess what some of you were thinking when you saw the words “frightful librarians,” especially given this blog’s scope and the ongoing DEI-related issues we face in the profession (paywalled). While it is true that many of our colleagues report real-life horrific circumstances within their respective libraries, this piece is not centered on that topic (although, TIE will continue to address persistent diversity issues within libraries). Instead, this week’s post covers the persistence of the frightening and dangerous librarian trope in horror and science fiction. Read the full blog post.

“Quiet Luxury” Has a Bigoted Undercurrent Despite Being Inspired by a Black Woman’s Quote

Recently, I’ve seen several social media videos and postings on the so-called “quiet luxury movement.” With a deep throated sigh, I look forward to the day in which every socio-cultural phenomenon that trends in social media is not labeled a “movement.” Yet, I don’t want this thought digression to weigh down my reflections on this notion of “quiet” versus “loud” luxury. Read the full blog post.

Let Angel Reese and Other Black Women Athletes Compete as They See Fit

Black woman athlete dribbles a basketball.

For decades, March Madness coverage was dominated by the men’s tournaments, with women’s teams barely acknowledged until the creation of the WNBA in 1996. Yet, it still took another four to five years for women’s college basketball to move into the media spotlight. Hall of Fame basketball coach and former WNBA player Dawn Staley has been a major force behind elevating women’s college basketball. As one of the all-time greatest athletes and coaches, Staley’s winning record—she has won several Olympic gold medals—and her role in building stellar programs at Temple University and the University of South Carolina have undeniably contributed to women’s basketball’s rise in prominence. Read the full blog post.

Implicit Bias Against Vice President Kamala Harris and Other Women Politicians Is Shameful

Women of color speaking at a podium against a green background, representative of the implicit bias women face in politics.

Women’s History Month is a time when a multitude of stories, research, and statistics are shared about the condition of women in the United States and internationally. I imagine some of you look forward to receiving this information and, like me, dive right into the details. One recently released and noteworthy research report addresses a phenomenon entitled “Tall Poppy Syndrome,” in which women are attacked, resented, and cut down for their professional achievements and success. Another research report outlines how women are more likely to be subjected to a toxic workplace culture than their male counterparts. Read the full blog post.

We Must Dismantle Misogynoir and Allowing Only One BIPOC Woman to “Win” at a Time

Three women of color against a purple background, symbolizing solidarity against misogynoir.

I stopped watching the Oscars long ago because the blatant racism, sexism, and bias perpetuated by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (a.k.a. the Academy) aggravates me. Having worked as an entertainment journalist and editor early in my career, I have seen and experienced the worst of the Academy. The discrimination is so “in-yo-face” blatant that I believe it may be time for an EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) intervention. Read the full blog post.

Resource Lists

Resources on Women’s Advancement in the Workplace (Added 3/15/24)

Illustration of three diverse women working at a table, representative of women's advancement.

To continue the commemoration of Women’s History Month, this week Toward Inclusive Excellence offers a resource list for understanding women’s advancement in the workplace. The suggested resources not only highlight skills and historical events that have been critical to women advancing in the workplace, but barriers to women’s advancement as well, spanning social class, race, sexuality, ability, and even broader economic issues that impact the workforce at large. At a time when women’s rights and DEIA efforts are regularly under threat, these resources are especially crucial.

Resources on Domestic Violence and Gender-Based Violence

Illustrations of women in various states of distress because of domestic violence against a purple background

In honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Toward Inclusive Excellence has curated the following list of print titles and online resources that consider domestic violence through the lenses of health, the law, psychology, and diverse identities. Also included are titles that expand this scope to investigate violence against women more broadly, including cases studies from overseas, prison abolition, sexual assault, and a range of ways, big and small, in which women are diminished, demeaned, and objectified in society. Although many of these topics are painful to dig into, they all reveal important insights, necessary for ultimately pushing for an end to domestic violence and violence against women. Read the list of resources.


Forthcoming Academic Titles

Forthcoming Titles gathers the latest and soon-to-be-released publications in select disciplines. This list centers on upcoming titles in women’s and gender studies.

Forthcoming Titles in Women’s and Gender Studies, 2024 (Added 3/8/24)

Forthcoming titles book covers

Featured Reviews

Featured Reviews consider how a title exposes racist systems and inequities or proposes means of dismantling them. These important works from valuable perspectives are of use to undergraduates, faculty, and anyone interested in learning more about racism and racial inequalities. These two works investigate intersectional feminism and violence against Black women and girls.

No Other Word for It: The Inexplicability of Violence Against Black Women and Girls

Book cover of "America, Goddam," about the prevalence of violence against Black women and girls.

Treva B. Lindsey (women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, Ohio State Univ.) is an expert on African American women’s history and Black feminist theory as well as the founder of the Transformative Black Feminism Initiative in Columbus, Ohio. Her expertise and extensive research alone make this book a must read for those in the fields of Black history, women’s studies, sociology, or any of the social sciences. Lindsey incorporates the typical evidence-based treatment of violence that is sure to satisfy intellectual and academic readers, but she also takes her study further, sharing her own personal experiences as a Black woman in the United States whose ancestors experienced enslavement. From her lived and professional experiences comes America, Goddam, a timely, moving, and convincing case for addressing the unique concerns that Black women and girls face. Read the full review of America, Goddam.

Power in Numbers: Liza Taylor Explores the Potential of Intersectional Feminist Movements

Libraries that boast copies of such books as bell hooks’s Ain’t I a Woman (1981), Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble (1990), and Sara Ahmed’s Living a Feminist Life (2017) should most certainly add Liza Taylor’s new book to their collections. Taylor (California State Polytechnic Univ., Pomona) is a feminist political theorist who offers sophisticated arguments about philosophical principles and feminist practices together with an accessible discussion of core texts from women of color. She writes for multidisciplinary feminist readers already familiar with classics such as position papers from the Combahee River Collective and essays by Audre Lorde but does so with sufficient attention to explaining these and other arguments from the rich field of feminist theorizing. Read the full review of Feminism in Coalition.

Book cover of Feminism in Coalition by Liza Taylor, which explores the power of intersectional feminist movements.

TIE Podcast

TIE Podcast interviews thought leaders from across academia and the professional community to explore a range of topics to address DEIA through a pedagogical, scholarly, curatorial, and workplace/professional lens. These episodes feature discussions on women of African descent in Colonial Mexico and how Black women defined liberty for themselves in 19th-century Washington D.C.

Dr. Danielle Terrazas Williams on the Legacy of Free Women of African Descent in Colonial Mexico

Danielle Terrazas Williams headshot

Toward Inclusive Excellence editor-in-chief Alexia Hudson-Ward sits down with Danielle Terrazas Williams, associate professor of history at the University of Leeds and author of The Capital of Free Women: Race, Legitimacy, and Liberty in Colonial Mexico. Based on her archival research spanning many years and several countries, the title brings forward the stories of free women of African descent in Colonial Mexico and Spanish America. Danielle reviews her exploration of a variety of archives to piece together these Black women’s lives and stories. As Danielle explains, she hopes the title will highlight the long legacy of Black people living in Mexico, therefore disrupting the narrative of Mexicans being primarily of Spanish and Indigenous descent. She discusses the barriers faced when engaging in this course correction, and praises the work of librarians and archivists, particularly those in Mexico who face budgetary and staff challenges. Listen to the episode.

Dr. Tamika Nunley on How Black Women Defined Liberty in 19th-Century America

Tamika Nunley headshot

Dr. Tamika Nunley, Associate Professor and Sandler Family Faculty Fellow at Cornell University, discusses her recent book, At the Threshold of Liberty: Women, Slavery, and Shifting Identities in Washington, D.C. Exploring the various livelihoods and everyday struggles of Black women in the Washington D.C. area during the 19th century, Tamika reaches beyond the heroic narratives often highlighted during that time—the educated, philanthropists, civil rights leaders—to humanize and bring forth stories of Black women pursuing sex work, gambling, or illegal pursuits in the name of survival and forging their own liberties. Further, Tamika underscores how Black women defined liberty for themselves, creating their own versions of freedom under a government that did not grant it. Listen to the episode.


Review of the Week

Each week Choice highlights a review that addresses a topical issue, event, or holiday—or simply, a review we believe deserves more attention. These picks discuss female photography, Romantic-era women writers, and defining womanhood in the US.


The Authority File Podcast

The Authority File provides insight on the academic library market through conversations with innovative and influential vendors, authors of insightful books, librarians who are transforming their field, and academics whose research is laying the groundwork for the future.

Performing Female Blackness: Blending the Artist and the Academic

Performing Female Blackness book cover.

Dr. Naila Keleta-Mae, a multidisciplinary artist and Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Waterloo, discusses blending her artistic and academic sides in her book, Performing Female Blackness. As the subject, artist, and researcher of her title, Naila explores how these identities worked in tangent—not opposition—to produce a more robust and honest work. She explains the risks involved when employing artistic expression and personal history in scholarship, and interrogates the issue of who in academia “…gets to just be a person and do the research, whatever that may be, and who has to always position themselves and assert their humanity, often through the demonstration of some kind of pain and evocation of empathy.” Listen to the episode.


Outstanding Academic Titles

Outstanding Academic Titles is Choice’s premier editorial franchise of the best titles of the year. Published each December, the list is separated into unique categories and previewed for collection development purposes or personal reading pleasure. These selections pertain to Women’s History Month.

Outstanding Academic Titles 2023: Women’s History Part Two (Added 3/15/24)

Outstanding Academic Titles 2023: Women’s History Month, Part One (Added 3/8/24)


Ask an Archivist

Ask an Archivist is a monthly feature that explores the research and production behind compelling special collections through interviews with their curators, archivists, and directors.

The Colored Conventions Project

The team behind the Colored Conventions Project (CCP) details the project’s development, community engagement, and expansive digital exhibits. Selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Essential Project, Past and Present in 2017, CCP documents nineteenth-century Black collective organizing and highlights the many people and places involved in the Colored Conventions Movement, bringing them to digital life for new generations of researchers, students, and community scholars. The interviewees explain CCP’s community-oriented approach, underscoring the benefits of working with cross-disciplinary partners in libraries, archives, high schools, technology, the arts, and more. They also discuss how the project foregrounds Black women’s contributions to the movement and Black activism, and how CCP informs future social and racial justice efforts. Read the Ask an Archivist interview.


Look back at last year’s Women’s History Month Choice roundup and TIE’s 2023 Women’s History Month commemoration.