You know, there’s nothing damnable about being a strong woman. The world needs strong women. – Ginger Rogers

I’ve seen the quote about Fred Astaire, “Sure he was great, but don’t forget Ginger Rogers did everything he did backwards…and in high heels!” (Bob Thaves) and it never fails to make me smile. During Women’s History month, nearly every library will have a strong/powerful/notable women display up in the branch and the variety is astonishing. A couple of years back, I did a women’s history month program at the North Sacramento Library where I played a song by a different female musician each day we were open. Oddly, no one seemed to notice the 3-4 minutes of rocking out but we enjoyed it! See photo:Image

But, as always, we of alt+library want to hear from you. What woman/women inspire you and why? (This is a little like a wishing well, I keep dropping in questions but there are rarely comment echos splashing back up; I remain optimistic). I just read Janet Mock’s biography, Redefining Realness, and DAMN if that isn’t inspiring! She overcame a LOT to be the woman she is today. Also inspired every day by the women I skate with on the Sac City Rollers.



  1. Elizabeth

    Jess – I like to comment. Splish!!

    I am inspired by women who are uncompromising in their strength of self.
    I just read an article about women being labelled “bossy”. If you have a strong opinion, are smart, well-spoken, and a woman, you are bossy! :P
    Why do women need to be diminished?
    Sheryl Sandberg, Condelezza Rice, and CEO of Girls Scouts are bringing this issue to light and empowering women to be leaders at any age, at any authority level, and in any group.

    Any women who speaks her mind and believes in herself that inspires me!

  2. Raina

    I’m inspired by tough women who get things done with a minimum of complaining, (unless they make their complaining interesting ) and a maximum of inspiring others along the way. I love my grandma and other depression era women who did a lot with a little and still do.

  3. Charles Dale

    Souxie, Ari Up, Debbie Harry and the other post-punk girls that make me feel simultaneously like I’ll never be that cool, and inspired to start a new band every week.

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