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From Audrey Hepburn to Michelle Obama: What is a Modern Woman? A book discussion at North Regional / Broward College Library in honor of Women's History Month

From Audrey Hepburn to Michelle Obama: What is a Modern Woman? A book discussion at North Regional / Broward College Library in honor of Women's History Month

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Published by Gwen Williams
Text of a book discussion I led for a group of thirty patrons in honor of Women's History Month, March 2011. My library had a long established tradition of offering monthly book discussions with various librarians and consequently, the monthly book discussions were popular and well-attended. I was happy to have the assignment for Women's History Month in March 2011, and then, I got my assigned anchor book for review and my assigned discussion title, "From Audrey Hepburn to Michelle Obama: What is a Modern Woman?" Hardly ever shy of challenges, I read my anchor book, researched my featured actress, dwelled on the discussion title given to me, and thought about Women's History Month: hmmm, how did these four things fit together? I finally decided a course of action and was happy that I took the course I did, because several discussion attendees were Outraged that we had picked the wrong Hepburn to discuss during Women's History Month! Still more were outraged that Breakfast at Tiffany's was the film being feted as feminist. One woman was thoroughly disgusted at all of us when we revealed Capote's Holly Golightly was a call girl. One of my library colleagues, a long-time Librarian who had attended many monthly book discussions, later told me that she had enjoyed how lively and memorable my March 2011 discussion had been. "People were excited," she said.
Text of a book discussion I led for a group of thirty patrons in honor of Women's History Month, March 2011. My library had a long established tradition of offering monthly book discussions with various librarians and consequently, the monthly book discussions were popular and well-attended. I was happy to have the assignment for Women's History Month in March 2011, and then, I got my assigned anchor book for review and my assigned discussion title, "From Audrey Hepburn to Michelle Obama: What is a Modern Woman?" Hardly ever shy of challenges, I read my anchor book, researched my featured actress, dwelled on the discussion title given to me, and thought about Women's History Month: hmmm, how did these four things fit together? I finally decided a course of action and was happy that I took the course I did, because several discussion attendees were Outraged that we had picked the wrong Hepburn to discuss during Women's History Month! Still more were outraged that Breakfast at Tiffany's was the film being feted as feminist. One woman was thoroughly disgusted at all of us when we revealed Capote's Holly Golightly was a call girl. One of my library colleagues, a long-time Librarian who had attended many monthly book discussions, later told me that she had enjoyed how lively and memorable my March 2011 discussion had been. "People were excited," she said.

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