Women’s History Month & Votes for Women

March is women’s history month.

In 2016, for the first time in American history, a woman, Hillary Clinton, was nominated as the Presidential candidate for a major American political party. Since the presidential election, more than 500 women have signed up nation-wide to run for political office.

As the saying goes, “You’ve come a long way, baby.”

In the 1820s and 30s most U. S. states had extended the right to vote to all white American males, regardless of property ownership or financial status. It would take women another 100 years to achieve that same status, thanks in large part to suffragists like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton who fought for the right to vote.

Wyoming was the first state in America to offer women that right. In 1869 Wyoming was still a territory; it passed a law stating that any woman who had reached the age of 21 and resided in the territory may vote. Today it’s known as the “equality state.”

50 years later America caught up with Wyoming and granted all women the right to vote when the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified on August 26, 1920.

November 2nd of that year marked the first time that more than 8 million women across the United States voted in elections.

The fight for the ballot box was a hard fought battle for many women.

This month we acknowledge the accomplishments of all women, but especially those who fought so hard to allow women a voice in their government and an opportunity to have our voices heard at the ballot box.

The Chesapeake Public Library system has many books and movies on voting, voting rights, and famous American suffragists, available here. Check out books like:

A Voice of Our Own book cover The Woman's Hour book coverNot For Ourselves Alone book coverOne Woman, One Vote cover

Want to register to vote in Virginia or update your registration? Visit the Virginia Department of Elections at https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation

NaNoWriMo Challenge (Part Two)

The biggest roadblock in my quest to write more was unexpected: reading.

While pursuing my bachelor’s degree, I lost interest in reading (probably because I read so much for school already). Post-graduation, it took some time to return to my childhood/teenage years hobby of non-stop reading. I finally returned to it this year, and began my longtime dream of becoming a book blogger. I planned ahead for this by reading for and queuing up almost all of my November posts before starting NaNoWriMo. I didn’t anticipate reading during November, but as it turns out, after reading so much for a few months I no longer have the willpower to resist checking out (or buying) and reading books that sound interesting to me. I’m suddenly in need of instant gratification when it comes to reading. Continue reading “NaNoWriMo Challenge (Part Two)”

Hour of Code

Hour of Code is an annual coding-focused event coinciding with Computer Science Education Week. Schools, libraries and more celebrate the event across the globe. This year’s Hour of Code celebration is Dec. 3 through Dec. 9 and CPL is thrilled to join in on the fun!

Join us throughout the week for different coding sessions across the library system, beginning with a class at Cuffee on Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. and ending with a big finale event at Central on Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. Weekday sessions will include focused, hands-on tech opportunities and the finale event at Central will provide a chance to experiment with everything offered throughout the week. These activities appeal to all ages! Continue reading “Hour of Code”

NaNoWriMo Challenge (Part One)

To reach the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) goal of 50,000 words, the organization suggests writing 1,667 words a day. Writing 1,667 isn’t tough; it only involves about an hour or two of time to write that much. Despite the ease of that daily word count, however, I find myself struggling with the challenge. My problem with keeping up with the NaNoWriMo challenge is not the word count itself, but that 30 days is not a realistic time period for that goal. Simply put, I do not have time to write every day…and so I fall behind. Continue reading “NaNoWriMo Challenge (Part One)”

Tips for a Happy NaNoWriMo

You’ve decided to participate in Nano. Great! What’s the first step, you ask? Sign up online here. No, really, I’ll wait. Now that you’ve done that, I’m sure you’re asking why. Because the people who signed up on the website will be a big part of your cheering section. Once, or twice a week, a different published author will post a pep talk, all of which are stored in the archive: Neil Gaiman, Mercedes Lackey, Diana Gabaldon, James Patterson, and Maggie Steifvater, to name just a few. If you have friends who are also participating in Nano, you can Friend them on the webpage, and cheer them on, challenge them to writing sprints (set a time to write and see who writes the most during the time allotted). The local group also hosts Write-Ins during NaNo (and throughout the year), and are very welcoming. And, if you are so inclined they have t-shirts, postcards, coffee mugs, and other assorted items to show the world that you write.