Photo courtesy of National Council of Teachers of English

March is Women’s History Month. The Library is drawing attention to overlooked figures of history by asking library staff about historical women who’ve inspired them.


Photo: Sophie Scholl,

Sophie Scholl: “She chose to live according to her faith and conscience instead of according to her culture. She thought deeply and was unafraid to challenge others on their convictions.” – Rebeca Parrott

The White Rose by Inge Scholl – Available Online



Photo: Anne Carson,

Anne Carson: “She introduced me to the beauty of the lyric essay and the use of white space. She is also a classicist, a scholar who so beautifully references her knowledge of the classics in her writing. She is a quiet and graceful inspiration.” – Drury Wellford

The Blue of Distance by Rebecca Solnit, Anne Carson, Courtenay Finn, Sherry Black, and Sarah Stephenson


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Photo: Anne Frank Stichting, Amsterdam Collection

Anne Frank: “She was very optimistic for one thing. I know she stood up for herself and was very stubborn, very feminist for her day.” – Emma Wooten

Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank




Photo: Frida Kahlo,

Frida Kahlo: “One of my biggest inspirations is Frida Kahlo, a Mexican painter who worked from the 1920s until her death in 1954. I love Kahlo’s paintings because of the way they communicate her sense of defiance and strength, while openly addressing the suffering that she faced throughout her life. (Kahlo experienced chronic pain and health complications which resulted from a bad accident in her youth, and dealt with many other traumatic life events as well.) She used her paintings to confront and embrace her identity and experiences head-on, challenging beauty standards and gender stereotypes in the process.” – Megan Goldfarb

Frida Kahlo, 1907-1954: Pain and Passion by Andrea Kettenmann


Boudica: “Boudica was a British Celtic warrior queen who fought against the Roman army after her husband’s death. She was able to repel them for years, but eventually her tribe’s forces succumbed to the empire’s greater strength. Her death is as shrouded in mystery as her earlier life. I chose her because the juxtaposition of such a fierce commitment to survival with the erasure of her life’s details over time creates a powerful, if incomplete, legacy.” – Lauren Hall

Queen Boudica and Historical Culture in Britain: an Image of Truth by Martha Vandrei – Available Online

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