Celebrate Women’s History Month with Streaming Video from Films on Demand

Watch the film above, from Ken Burns’s powerful documentary on the women’s suffrage movement, which presents the early years of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton and their alliance in the struggle for women’s rights.

Visit Films on Demand or click the titles below for more films and clips to celebrate Women’s History Month.  Films or shorter film segments can be easily embedded into Sakai course sites. Visit our display window outside of the library and our display rack downstairs for lots of books and DVD resources available for checkout.

The Ascent of Woman: A 10,000 Year Story Series

This four-part series traverses countries and continents to uncover key stories of the strong and revolutionary women that have made and changed the course of human history from 10,000 BC to the present day. The series geographical reach is just as ambitious, covering everywhere from ancient Greece to medieval France; from first-century Vietnam to modern America.

Silver Wings, Flying Dreams: The Complete Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots 

This is the true story of pioneering women, who for a brief moment in the darkest days of WWII, shattered the glass ceiling to become the first women to pilot American military aircraft. Survivors relive their personal experiences and the challenges they faced while ferrying aircraft, flying as test pilots and towing targets for live anti-aircraft practice. They also bring to light their sixty-six year long struggle for recognition and veterans rights.

Changing the Face of Medicine: Profiles of Achievement

A collection of stories and perspectives shared by thirteen veteran women physicians, surgeons, and specialists. The program conveys each doctor’s deep sense of passion and commitment to patient care, innovation, and research; it also illuminates the challenges these trailblazers had to confront in order to earn degrees and practice medicine.


What We’re Reading: The Secret Game

the secret game: a basketball story in black and white by scott ellsworth book cover

Available at the Main Campus Library (GV 885.72 .N8 E45 2015)

This book was read by Charles Farrow, a Library Technician at the Main Campus Library.

Genre: Historical Nonfiction

#ReadGreatThings2018 Categor(ies): A book about or that features sports AND A book that takes place during or is about a historical event 50 years or more in the past

What is this book about? 

Sunday, March 12, 1944 at 11:00am. The Secret Game.

In this book, Scott Ellsworth writes about a day and time in Durham, North Carolina during the Jim Crow era when two teams from opposite sides of the tracks–Duke and NC Central– ignored Jim Crow laws and decided to play a game that was never supposed to happen. It started out as a challenge, but ended up being more than just a game.

Why did you choose to read this book?

I chose to read this book because of a conversation I had with my son about black athletes in the Hall of Fame from HBCUs and how the historically black colleges and universities that produced them have been overlooked in sports history. We also talked about the history of black athletes at places like the University of Alabama, Duke, and the University of North Carolina and when they were allowed to participate in various sports.

What did you like about it?

I like this book because it brings to light that being an athlete is not just about playing a game. For some, it goes deeper than that. This book reveals a deeper truth that sports are not just about winning and losing. It shows that some of our greatest challenges are not from a physical opponent, but from our own system of beliefs instilled in us from childhood. I like this book because it reveals to the reader that sports transcends race, culture, nationalities and shows us how to overcome barriers and adversity by working together as a team and being a team player.

Did it remind you of any other book, or a movie?

The movie Brian’s Song

What would you pair this book with?

I’d pair this book with an archaeological dig, since that’s how much work the author had to do in order to find out about and report about this game. 

What We’re Reading: Life in Motion

Life in Motion an unlikely ballerina by misty copeland book cover

Available at the Main Campus Library (GV 1785 .C654 A3 2014)

This book was read by Courtney Bippley, a Reference Librarian at the Main Campus Library.

Genre: Memoir
#ReadGreatThings2018 Categor(ies): A memoir & A book about or that features sports

Misty Copeland is the first African-American Principal Dancer for the American Ballet Theatre. She started dancing at 13 years old, far older than most ballerinas, and overcame all kinds of adversity to become an amazing artist and role model. 

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