Wednesday, March 8, 2017

LBPH honors Women's History Month

By Ruth Hemphill

The National Women’s History Project designates March as Women’s History Month. Once treated as second class citizens, women are now widely recognized for their contributions to the advancement of civilization. Joining in this annual recognition, the Tennessee Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped (TLBPH) is pleased to offer these audio titles recommended by the National Women’s History Museum as a tribute to the accomplishments of women throughout history:

Hedy’s Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World, by Richard Rhodes. Best as a Hollywood movie star, Lamarr was also an inventor who worked with avant garde composer George Antheil to invent spread-spectrum radio, the technology behind wireless phones and GPS devices.

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War, by Karen Abbott. This book profiles the contributions of four women living during the Civil War - two supporting the Union side and two supporting the Confederate side - who made secret contributions to their chosen causes. The featured women are: Elizabeth Van Lew, a southern lady who was an abolitionist and spy for the Union cause; Rosie O’Neal Greenhow, a well-known Washington, D.C. socialite and spy for the Confederacy; Emma Edmonds, a native Canadian who dressed as a man and enlisted in the Union Army as Frank Thompson; and Belle Boyd, known as “Cleopatra of the Secession.”

Martha Washington: An American Life, by Patricia Brady is a biography of the wealthy widow and plantation owner, Martha “Patsy” Custis, who married the young soldier in the colonial British forces and Virginia plantation owner who eventually became the first president of the United States. Martha Washington’s wealth from her first marriage enabled her husband to greatly enlarge his Mount Vernon estate. Martha Washington managed Mount Vernon as well as the five plantations she brought to the marriage for her husband during his many absences from home, first as commander of the Continental army and then as president.

Book discussion questions for these three titles are available on the National Women’s History Museum’s website:

These titles and others about famous women and their contributions to history are also available from public libraries across the state of Tennessee. TLBPH is a division of the Tennessee State Library & Archives, which is part of Secretary of State Tre Hargett’s office. For more information about TLBPH, see

The Tennessee State Library and Archives is a division of the Tennessee Department of State and Tre Hargett, Secretary of State

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