Our main stairwell has recently become a collage of women’s images in celebration of Women’s History Month. The photo collage is the creation of Cathy Sitko, and an example of her never ending dedication to making Alden Library visually enticing.
The women and/or their career choices are all represented in film, either by biography, documentary or feature film. Some names with links will take you to sources on our website — biographies and/or articles using one of Alden Libraries databases.
Marion Jones, Olympic track- and-field athlete. Jones won 3 gold and 2 bronze medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. In recognition of her achievements, Jones was named Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year. We have no films on Ms. Jones but titles about women and sports that you might recognize: Million Dollar Baby, Offside, A League of Their Own, Pat and Mike, and Girlfight.
Katherine Hepburn, film actress. Hepburn is probably best known for The African Queen with Humphrey Bogart, On Golden Pond with Henry Fonda and Philadelphia Story with Jimmy Stewart. If you don’t know her work, check her out, she is a wonderful actress.
Maya Lin, architect. Lin is from Athens Ohio and is best known for the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in D.C. Alden Library has quite a bit of her work as well as an excellent documentary, A Strong Clear Vision. You can also see her work in Bicentennial Park (by Walter Hall)
Amelia Earhart, pilot. Amelia Earhart became the 16th woman to be issued a pilot’s license. She had several notable flights and became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic in 1928, and the first person to have flown both oceans. In 1937, she mysteriously disappeared while trying to circumnavigate the globe from the equator (bio.com).
Golda Meir, 4th prime minister of Israel. Alden library has a few documentaries as well as some feature film titles on women and Israel. For example, try Free Zone, directed by Amos Gitai (a wonderful Israeli filmmaker as well!), Jewish Women in American Sport which combines the Goldas and the Marions! If you have a thing for French cinema have a look at Jean-Luc Godard’s Notre Musique
Gloria Steinem, feminist, activist, writer; here she appears in an episode of the Colbert Report. Mother Theresa spiritual leader in the Catholic Faith who started Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta. We have no specific films on her, but here is a link to women who are spiritual leaders in their own right. Frida Kahlo, Mexican artist, married to Diego Rivera. Her story is told is quite a few videos, from features to documentaries. Other women in the collage are Jane Goodall, Angela Davis, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Dorothy Gale, Rosa Parks, Ellen DeGeneres, Margot Fonteyn, Hillary Clinton, Toni Morrison and Jessica Nelson a junior in Geology at Ohio University working in Alden Library Archives.
Of course I could go on and one about the amazing women on the wall, but why don’t you have a look, see if you can spot who is who and sample some of our titles!