Wednesdays, 12:15 pm
Bring your lunch; the Library provides coffee and cookies.
March 1 – Special Panel Event: Women’s March on Washington 2017
A panel of women from the Albion area discuss the process of taking part in January’s Women’s March on the Washington DC. How did they become involved? Were they apprehensive? What did they experience? How did the DC community receive them?
The face of how political ideals are being communicated is changing daily due to social media, smartphones, and more technological advances to come. Find out how these women felt about their contribution and, after the march, do they feel marching is still vital to our political process. Live Presentation (55 min.)
March 8 – Makers: Vol 2, Women in Space
WOMEN IN SPACE traces the history of women pioneers in the U.S. space program. Some, like aviators Wally Funk and Jerrie Cobb, passed the same grueling tests as male astronauts, only to be dismissed by NASA, the military, and even Lyndon Johnson, as a distraction.
It wasn’t until 1995 that Eileen Collins became the first woman to pilot a spacecraft. The program includes interviews with Collins, as well as Sally Ride’s classmates Shannon Lucid, Rhea Seddon and Kathryn Sullivan, and features Mae Jemison, the first woman of color astronaut, and Peggy Whitson, the first female commander of the International Space Station. PBS (54 min.)
March 15 – Makers: Vol 2, Women in War
WOMEN IN WAR looks at American women’s increasing participation in war — from Vietnam to the present — as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats and spies. Among those featured are Linda Bray, the first woman to lead troops into battle, and Valerie Plame, whose career was sabotaged after she was “outed” as a high-level spy. Viewers hear from war correspondents like Molly Moore about life on the battlefield.
This film shares the stories of military leaders who have broken through gender barriers, like General Angela Salinas, at her retirement the highest ranking woman serving in the USMC, and Vice Admiral Michelle Howard, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. Navy. PBS (54 min.)
March 22 – Makers: Vol 2, Women in Politics
Women in Politics profiles women in public office who were “firsts” in their fields. From the first woman elected to Congress in 1916 to a young woman running for Detroit City Council in 2013, the documentary explores the challenges confronting American women in politics.
Trailblazing leaders like Hillary Clinton, Senator Barbara Mikulski, Olympia Snowe, the youngest Republican woman ever elected to the House of Representatives, and Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman to serve in Congress, provide a backdrop for younger women like Rashida Tlaib, the first Muslim-American woman elected to the Michigan House. PBS (54 min.)
March 29 – Makers: Vol 2, Women in Business
WOMEN IN BUSINESS tells the story of the exceptional women—past and present—who have taken the world of business by storm. Told by female business leaders themselves, this is a candid exploration of what it takes to make it and a celebration of the extraordinary individuals who, over the course of 50 years, have proven—on Wall Street, in corporate America or business empires of their own—that a woman’s place is wherever she believes it to be. PBS (54 min.)