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Rebecca Donner reviews the novel, A Short History of Women by Kate Walbert, at Multigenerational novels about women often elicit analogies to tapestries–relationships are interwoven, themes are intertwined, and there is much braiding of narrative strands. Let us not likewise domesticate Kate Walbert’s remarkable novel A Short History of Women, which traces five generations back to Dorothy Trevor Townsend, a Cambridge-educated suffragette who commits suicide for her cause. Read the complete review.

Poems from the Women’s Movement

Elizabeth Lund reviews Poems from the Women’s Movement by Honor Moore for the Christian Science Monitor. This “landmark collection” is powerful precisely because it is not a manifesto. Instead, the power of these poems comes from the fact that one writer after another — from the 1960s to the 1980s — dared to say what hadn’t been voiced before. In doing so, they helped other women — from scholars to housewives and mothers.. Read More

Feminists’ Night at the Movies

Feminists’ Night at the Movies 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Location: Palmer House, Room: Chicago Room Featuring three films from the Women Make Movies catalog: Women’s Kingdom: a film by Xiaoli Zhou and produced by Xiaoli Zhou & Brent E. Huffman. With breathtaking imagery shot in a remote area of southwest China, this short documentary offers a rare glimpse into Mosuo culture, one of the last matriarchal societies in the world, virtually unheard.. Read More

Introduction to Women’s Issues

Please join us for the annual Introduction to Women’s Issues discussion, rotated each year among the SRRT Feminist Task Force (FTF), the ACRL Women’s Studies Section (WSS) and the Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL). Introduction to Women’s Issues Saturday, July 11: 1:30-2:30 PM McCormick Place West W-176b Topic: Women and Workload: Strategies for Empowerment As budgets shrink, repositories and staff consolidate, and job responsibilities multiply, managing workload is a.. Read More

WSS Social

Please join your fellow WSS members this Saturday, July 11 from 6:00-8:00pm-ish at BIN 36 wine bar (339 N. Dearborn near the House of Blues) for great conversation, delish appetizers, and all-around good times. We’ll be walking up there as a group after the General Membership Forum, but feel free to drop by as your schedule allows. For our other events and meetings in Chicago, please see our conference information web page.

Feedback requested for Government Information: A Topic for all Librarians

On Friday, July 10 (8:00am-12:00 pm, McCormick Place West-178a), I will be attending a forum on the future of government information entitled “Government Information: A Topic for All Librarians,” and any WSS members in town are encouraged to come. I will be representing the Section, and we’ve been asked to cover four main questions: 1. How do WSS librarians help users find information from all government levels? 2. In what ways do WSS.. Read More

WSS Member Publishes a New Book

An Author among us! Congratulations Lauren Pressley.  Lauren wrote a book, “So You Want To Be A Librarian” BTW, she will be signing copies at ALA booth 1637, Exhibits Hall, McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago at 10am, Sunday, July 12, 2009.