HERstory: Past, Present, Future

For Immediate Release: March 5, 2020
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HERstory: Past, Present, Future


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Artwork by Miriam Klein Stahl


Update March 10, 2020: All San Francisco Public Library programs and community meetings are canceled through the end of March in cooperation with the City of San Francisco’s public health and safety recommendations.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA The Library is proud to present HERstory, our celebration of Women’s History Month, honoring and acknowledging the contributions of women and the experience of being female today with performances, talks, film and more.

2020 marks the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. To commemorate, Melissa Hobbs Schmidt dramatically presents the lives of heroes who took risks and spoke out to earn women the right to vote in the United States. Learn about the lives of five American women who risked their reputations and exposed themselves to rejection by friends and family to work for suffrage.

Others curious to find out more about women’s history will enjoy scholars Patricia Southard and Elizabeth Thacker-Estrada’s discussion of the progress and backlash experienced by the women’s movement and the expansion and contraction of the office of First Lady, beginning with Betty Ford in 1974 and ending with Melania Trump in 2020.

Author Aimee Lucido, an author and software engineer who has worked at Google, Facebook and Uber, speaks about how she intertwined her love of words and coding in her middle-grade book Emmy in the Key of Code. Notable novelists Pat Murphy, Rebecca Gomez Farrell, Madeleine Robins, Lisa Goldstein and M. Luke McDonell read from and discuss their works of speculative fiction. A showing of the film Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin, a feature documentary exploring the remarkable life and legacy of the late feminist author Ursula K. Le Guin, will be followed by Q&A and panel discussion with the director Arwen Curry, Debbie Notkin, Phil Gochenour and others.

All programs and exhibits are free and open to the public. HERstory programs are sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. More information is available at sfpl.org/HERstory.


HERstory highlights:

Author: Aimee Lucido, Emmy in the Key of Code – March 6, Richmond Branch

Film: Strange Fruit: The Biography of a SongMarch 8, Anza Branch

Dialogue: Women and Speculative Fiction – March 10, Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room

Presentation: The Mothers Building – March 14, Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room

Performance: The Fog City SirensMarch 15, Potrero Branch

Presentation: Women for SuffrageMarch 21, Mission Bay Branch

Presentation: First Ladies and Women’s Rights – March 25, Merced Branch

Film: Worlds of Ursula K. Le GuinMarch 28, Main Library, Koret Auditorium


About San Francisco Public Library:

San Francisco Public Library is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent learning and the joys of reading for our diverse community. The library system is made up of 27 neighborhood branches, the San Francisco Main Library at Civic Center and four bookmobiles.

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March 10, 2020