March is made up of more than just spring break and St. Patrick’s Day; it’s a month to celebrate women’s history! Women’s History Month is a national tribute to women of all generations who’ve impacted society in a positive way. According to womenshistorymonth.gov, the month originated as a week beginning March 7, 1982, but later, after heavy petitioning, was passed by Congress as the month of March. Syracuse University Press joins the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in honoring this special month dedicated to the many triumphant women of past time.
Looking for an interesting read this month? Pick up Karen Morin’s Frontiers of Femininity: A New Historical Geography of the Nineteenth-Century American West. This collection of essays illustrates how geography was fundamental to the formation of women’s identity and explores the self-expression of professional travel writers like Isabella Bird. Winifred Curran of DePaul University writes, “”This is the kind of book that I would like to give to every American historian I know; this is what geography adds to history, breaking open the notion of the Great Man tradition, writing women in, exploring multiple identities and the role of these identities in both the representation of landscapes and the people who inhabit those landscapes.”
For more information on Frontiers of Femininity by Karen Morin visit the Syracuse University Press website.