International Women’s Day (IWD) takes place each year on 8th March. Its observance varies across the globe, and though some countries leave it largely without commemoration, many others mark it as an official holiday. For some it is a protest against inequality, for others it is a celebration of women’s progress, and its history can be traced back to 1909, and the first National Woman’s Day (NWD) held in the United States.
When second year English Language and Communication student, Rimaldo Jones, contacted the library to ask if he could undertake a remote placement with us, we were impressed by his love for poetry. When we asked if he’d like to be ‘poet in residence’ for a month he leapt at the chance. Here is his poem about Harriet Tubman, American abolitionist and political activist for International Women’s Day.
I’ve written a few blogs over the last few years, to celebrate LGBT Month and for other reasons, and one of the things I’ve discovered is that I never cease to be amazed at what I find out! I know very little about football………….. to be honest, I’m not very interested in it………. and was only vaguely aware that the women’s game has been around for so many years. Indeed, it goes back to the late 19th century here in the UK. Yet, when I began to research Lily Parr and her life, I found a whole area of sporting history that was fascinating. Why not come with me on a quick journey back to last century and see how what happened then paved the way for the women players of today?
Maya Angelou. What is the first thought that springs to mind at that name? Have you heard it before? Perhaps it’s a quote that pops into your head, or a poem, or a book you read for school. Perhaps it’s nothing, if you’ve never encountered her before. Whatever your experience, let me introduce you.
Maya Angelou (1928-2014). Poet. Activist. Ally. Dancer. Mother. Advocate. She wore many hats, played many roles, but she is most well-known for her voice. The one that was almost silenced.
Mark Weston, national champion, participated in many UK field events, within female athletics of the 1920’s . One, of many, individuals in sport with intersex characteristics. Here’s his story and an exploration of intersex within athletics and the Olympics.
When I was looking through the programme of events for LGBT+ History Month and beyond. I was absolutely thrilled to see the ‘Pop’n’Olly’ children’s inclusive story reading event. Not only because these inclusive children’s books are amazing but it was something I could look forward to sitting down with my own children to enjoy. A rainbow in the lockdown cloud.
The event will include a book reading by author Olly Pike, followed by a Q&A. You can book to join in the event at 10am on Friday 12 February here https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/arts-and-culture/event-details.aspx?instance=338806
The event also got me thinking about what Curriculum Resources we hold in the library. Resources like the Pop’ n’ Olly’ books are great ways for parents, caregivers and teachers to start conversations with children about equality, diversity, and inclusion. A decision I made as a parent to start as early as possible. So, if you would like to join me, let’s look at what your Library has to offer.