women's history month


Gertrude E. Darlow (1864-1949) surrounded by some of the books she reviewed
Tiffney Sanford, March 27, 2023

When Gertrude Darlow joined the Los Angeles Public Library in October 1893, there were less than twenty employees. During her thirty-plus years with the library, she worked under seven City Librarians, including legends such as Tessa Kelso, Mary L.

Elizabeth Catlett, artwork with a boy and a girl and a red ball, and photo of Margaret
Angela B. Charles, March 21, 2023

In honor of World Poetry Day, I would like to bring attention to, of course, a poet, Margaret Walker but also a sculptor and artist, Elizabeth Catlett, and a book that features the two women’s creative styles—For My People.

Mexican American woman workers at the Side Way Baby Carriage Co.  circa 1922
Danielle Ball, March 20, 2023

Women’s work—inside and outside the home—has always been a part of American life. But the reality of work has not always been easy. Through marches, strikes, boycotts, and organizing, women have fought for fair wages, safer working conditions, and equal treatment under the law.

Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz and her book, Menopause Bootcamp: Optimize Your Health, Empower Your Self, and Flourish as You Age
Tina Lernø, January 31, 2023

Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz is a nationally renowned doctor, expert, speaker, and advocate for integrative women's health. And she's on a mission! She's exploring what it means to be a healthy woman in this culture and age and to support our growth as individuals and how we show up in our communities. Dr.

Graphic illustration of Aimee Semple McPherson and Angelus Temple
Nicholas Beyelia, March 16, 2022

While scouring microfilm in the History & Genealogy Department at Central Library a few months back, I was startled to see a name that seemed entirely out of place in a particular publication.

Collage of Los Angeles Public Libraries named after women
Tiffney Sanford, March 11, 2022

The Los Angeles Public Library has seven and a "half" branches dedicated to extraordinary women. Let’s take a look at these women and their namesake libraries for Women’s History Month.

Collage of books about female spies during World War II
Deborah Savage, March 10, 2022

World War II required an enormous number of troops and personnel throughout the world. The unrelenting demand for labor opened up new opportunities for women. For the first time, the United States military established separate branches for women.

African-American classical composer, Julia Perry
Alan Westby, February 23, 2022

Julia Perry (1924-1979) was an American composer of African descent who had remarkable success in Europe and the U.S. in the 1950s and 1960s. She made an international impression with her Stabat Mater, composed in 1951, and her Short Piece for Orchestra the following year.

Activist Judy Heumann holding her two books, Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist and Rolling Warrior

We Americans owe a profound debt of gratitude to activist Judy Heumann. The chutzpah she has demonstrated through decades of direct action has solidified fundamental civil rights for people with disabilities. An early fight that Ms.

Portrait of Anne Lister (1791-1840), by Joshua Horner, ca.1830

Anne Lister (1791–1840), often referred to as ‘the first modern lesbian,’ was a wealthy, independent British landowner, businesswoman, and prolific diarist.