Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | March 9, 2012

Women’s History

March is Women’s History Month, and as a tie-in to that celebration we’ve got a special display in the antique library cabinet. Our reference librarian, Karen Prasse, recently discovered two historical volumes of The Gibson Book in the library’s storage room—special publications that were saved, even though they are no longer a part of our collection. Karen did a bit of research, using both library and internet resources, and gathered background on the “Gibson Girl,” the popular stereotype of the ideal woman from the 1880s through the 1910s.

The display is a fun combination of historical background and images from the books. Check it out, for a glimpse into a time one hundred years ago in women’s history.  

For additional background see these (and other) books in the library’s collection: 1001 things everyone should know about women’s history by Constance Jones and Women in Pacific Northwest history edited by Karen J. Blair.  

~Janice

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