Woman Interrupted: A New Everett Cafe Book Display

| March 23, 2018


A cultural icon of World War II, Rosie the Riveter represented women, including mothers, who worked in factories and shipyards to support the war effort, and then served to symbolize feminism and women’s economic power. But despite solid efforts towards equality, women still face all kinds of disparity throughout their working and personal lives, be they office workers, doctors, athletes, educators, single, married, divorced. Why should this be so? Is it just human nature favoring “the stronger sex”, or something else driving the unfair conditions that women tolerate, or now through social media, have the collective courage to speak up against? Rosie’s “We Can Do It!” ghosts in our minds, as if we’ve stepped back, rather than forward …  but to find we are where, exactly, in this crazy, digital millennium? Little did I know that my esteemed colleague, Kaitlin Kehnemuyi, curator of Woman Interrupted: Women, the Workplace, and Inequality in Its Many Forms, was given a Rosie lunchbox and other Rosie items by her college friends — making my choice of poster image a marvelous fluke, while suggestions for books to be added to the display streamed in from other female co-workers, anxious to be represented.

You can not help but be drawn to the beautiful, apt design of the book display: a stark black and white close-up of a young woman’s face — eyes hidden, a big, bright patchwork floral “X” or bandaid across her lips. The “X” cleverly matches her frock. Looking closely, you’ll see that one fabric strip incorporates a standing crowd of faceless women of all colors. Standing, yes, because they are standing up for something in which they uniformly believe. Bright, with strips of yellow, pink roses, and green motif, because there is beauty, strength and hope, despite the silencing or interruption.  Woman_Interrupted

Kaitlin writes:

“Do you get ’emotional’ after being asked to take the notes during the meeting because you’re the only woman? Are you ‘sensitive’ about being paid less than your male coworkers? Are you tired of having to fight battles for equality and respect?

The #metoo and the #timesup movements have raised the issues of sexual assault, harassment, and inequality, while exposing what women often deal with in the workplace. Part of solving this inequality is having the conversations about childcare, health, and pay parity — things that will improve the workplace for everyone, not just for women.

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 is Equal Pay Day, which marks the day that women must work to make as much money as men did the year before. Tuesday, July 31st, 2018 marks Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, the day women of color must work to in order to make as much money as white men did the year before.

What are the books that you read that opened your eyes and made you ask “Why can’t we have that?” “Why do we have to put up with that?” I read Jessica Valenti’s Full Frontal Feminism and realized how conditioned I am to be afraid of walking alone. My step-mom read Lean In and decided to write a book on the lack of female leaders in international academia. As women are not monolithic, neither are the books that shape us and shake us.”
— Curator’s Statement

Woman Interrupted: Women, the Workplace and Inequality in Its Many Forms is curated by Kaitlin Kehnemuyi, Innovation Fellow for Materials and Acquisitions at the Gottesman Libraries. The display is designed by Veronica Black, Innovation Fellow for Design, Edlab. The following books on physical display may be checked out for three weeks at time.

e_Should_All_BeAdichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. We Should All Be Feminists. New York; Vintage, 2014.
Cafe Q1155 .A35 2015





BabygateBakst, Dina, Phoebe Taubman and Elizabeth Gedmark. Babygate: How to Survive Pregnancy and Parenting in the Workplace. New York: The Feminist Press at CUNY, 2014
Cafe KF3467 .B35 2014




Lonely_SoldierBenedict, Helen. The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq. Boston: Beacon Press, 2009.




Feminist_Fight_CLubBennet, Jessica. Feminist Fight Club: An Office Manual (for a Sexist Workplace). New York: Harper Wave, 2016.
Cafe HF5382.6 .B46 2016




Family_Policy_MattersBogenschneider, Karen. Family Policy Matters: How Policymaking Affects Families and What Professionals Can Do. New York: Rutledge, 2014.




Black_Girl_MagicBrowne, Mahogany. Black Girl Magic: A Poem. New York: First Roaring Book Press,  2018.
Cafe PS3602.R7364 B53 2018




Double_OutsidersCarter, Jessica Faye. Double Outsiders: How Women of Color Can Succeed in Corporate America. Indianapolis: JIST Publications, c2007.
Cafe HD6057.5.U5 C37 2007





Other_Women'sCobble, Dorothy Sue. The Other Women’s Movement: Workplace Justice and Social Rights in Modern America. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2011.





LabyrinthEagly, Alice H. and Linda L. Carli. Through the Labyrinth: The Truth About How Women Become Leaders. Boston (Mass.) : Harvard Business School, 2007.
Cafe HD6054.3 .E34 2007




Global_WomanEhrenreich, Barbara and Arlie Russell Hochschild. Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2003.
Cafe HD6072 .G55 2003




Women's_Labor_in_theHarley, Sharon, ed.  Women’s Labor in the Global  Economy: Speaking in Multiple Voices. New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press, 2007




KuninKanin, Madeleine. The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publications, c2002.
Cafe HD4904.25 .K865 2012




Girl_CodeLeyba, Cara Alwill. Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur. London, New York: Portfolio, 2017.
Cafe HD6054.3 .L49 2017





Lipman, Joanne.  That’s What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together. New York: William Morrow, 2018

Cafe HQ1075.5.U6 L57 2018




Agaisnt_MeritocracyLittler, Jo. Against Meritocracy: Culture, Power and Myths of Mobility. New York: Routledge, 2017.
Cafe HT612 .L57 2017




Woman_Native_OtherMin-ha, Trinh.  Woman, Native, Other: Writing Postcoloniality and Other. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1989.




Continuing _to_DisruptNewcomb, Whitney Sherman. Continuing to Disrupt the Status Quo?: Young and New Women Professors of Educational Leadership. Information Age, 2016.
Cafe LB2332.32 .C66 2014




ResetPao, Ellen. Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change. New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2017
Cafe HD6060.5.U5 P37 2017




Lean_InSandberg, Sheryl. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. New York: Knopf, 2013.
Cafe HD6054.3 .S265 2013





Lean_OutShevinsky, Elissa. Lean Out: The Struggle for Gender Equality in Tech and Startup Culture. New York: OR Books, 2015.




Men_ExplainSolnit, Rebecca. Men Explain Things to Me. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2014.





Track, Barvara Sherif. Women, Work, and Globalization: Challenges and Opportunities. New York: Routlege,
Cafe HD6053 .S428 2014



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