WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

| By Traci Cothran |

How wonderful is it that following the release of the movie “Hidden Figures,” the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson are now known by millions?  Their collective story is an impressive and important one, yet it’s a part of our history that’s been concealed for decades.

What other significant contributions by women are also shielded from view?  It’s a joy to uncover these gems, and allow them to inspire other women and girls today.  To me, that’s what Women’s History Month is all about—shining a light on the often overlooked contributions made by women throughout history.

Here are just a few, randomly chosen women from today and yesterday whose work and lives are notable.  You’ll find them all in Biography In Context, among other Gale resources.  As you read about them, you’re bound to discover other interesting women, too!

Maria Tallchief – (1925-2013) Tallchief was the first American-born woman to achieve prima ballerina status at a major dance company; she was also a member of the Osage Nation.  She’s featured this month in Research In Context.

Zora Neale Hurston – (1891-1960) A writer and major figure in the Harlem Renaissance, Hurston is a favorite of mine, for both her wonderful writing and her ability to live an unconventional life for women of her era.

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Finding Hidden Figures with Gale’s Biography In Context

| By Laura Avery | February is Black History Month, which is dedicated to recognizing the contributions of Americans of African descent. While Gale’s Biography In Context offers extensive content on well-known African Americans of various occupations, such as civil rights activists Pauli Murray and Fannie Lou Hamer, artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Edmonia Lewis, and … Read more

Inspire Learners to be Achievers with Gale’s In Context Suite

| By Sydney Fairman | In today’s digital age, news travels faster than ever. Because of the constant influx of information, it’s nearly impossible to know and teach every current event inside and out. Gale’s In Context suite meets the needs of today’s learners with a user-friendly, mobile-responsive design. Eye-catching, engaging, authoritative databases such as … Read more

Mahatma Gandhi and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

| By Traci Cothran | Like many other people, I love to learn new things – with history being my favorite subject.  At Gale, we have a volunteer program at a local elementary school where we are “reading buddies” with kids once a week.  It’s nice to laugh with these youngsters, and it’s fun to … Read more

Meet Influential Native Americans with Biography In Context

| By Laura Avery | What’s the first thing you usually think of when November rolls around? Probably turkey dinner with all the trimmings, along with getting a jump on holiday shopping. However, November is also Native American Heritage Month, dedicated to recognize the contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of … Read more

Celebrating the Life of the Queen of Soul

| By Debra Kirby | I’m typically not an impulsive person, but two things in recent years that I’ve done on impulse have been because of Aretha Franklin — buying concert tickets and pre-ordering a music CD. Driving to work one day three years ago I heard a radio ad for an upcoming concert. As … Read more

Remembering Stephen Hawking with Gale’s In Context Team

| By Deb Kirby | The news of astrophysicist Stephen Hawking’s death was met with sadness by our Gale In Context team. It was also a call to action to ensure our topic pages for Hawking were updated quickly. I already knew we had a dedicated team, but an email sent at 1:30 am to … Read more

Nevertheless, She Persisted – Celebrating Women’s History Month Honorees

| By Deb Kirby | A couple of days after Senator Elizabeth Warren’s attempted silencing on the floor of the U.S. Senate during Attorney Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearings, I ordered a tee shirt featuring the now famous phrase, Nevertheless, She Persisted. That evening as my husband and I waited in the noisy lobby of Ann … Read more

Gale Researches: A Wrinkle in Time

| By Debra Kirby | I am counting the days until the March release of A Wrinkle in Time, the movie based on Madeleine L’Engle’s award-winning novel. In anticipation of the movie, I decided to spend a little time revisiting the story by checking to see what Gale resources could provide. Like all forays into Gale … Read more

Wosets, Wockets and Waskets

| By Debra Kirby |

The wild, wacky and wonderful world of Dr. Seuss has been the salvation of many an exhausted parent who, ready to call it a night, succumbs to their child’s plaintive cry for just one more bedtime story. The easy rhyming flow in Dr. Seuss stories always made it easy for me to read just a little longer.  There’s a Wocket in my Pocket was a favorite of both my daughters, who could recite word for word, page by page well before they were able to read – providing an opportunity for a little fun with unsuspecting relatives and friends who were amazed at how advanced my 3-year-old girls were.

I’ve been fortunate enough to continue to enjoy Dr. Seuss through my grandchildren and various mentoring programs through the years. The student I’m currently mentoring is a second grader who says Dr. Seuss is her favorite author, and Green Eggs and Ham her favorite book, though we recently both found Fox in Sox a little trying.

In honor of the National Education Association’s Read Across America, which kicks off on March 2, and is also Dr. Seuss’s birthday, I decided to learn a little more about the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, whose real name was Theodor Geisel. There are many interesting and some surprising facts to be found in Gale databases. Here are a few:

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