Resources on Sexual Harassment Available as We Recognize National Women’s History Month

As the #MeToo movement continues to expand, libraries have been asking for resources to help address concerns of their staff.  In response to these requests, a website with a variety of resources on sexual harassment has been posted on the ALA website. Included on the site are tips on What to Do If You Feel You Have Been Subjected to Sexual Harassment, resources from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), articles related to sexual harassment in libraries as well as a number of other materials.

Although harassment is not a woman’s-only issue, we are taking the opportunity to highlight contributions of women. During the entire month of March, the ALA Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL) will recognize and celebrate women’s achievements with National Women’s History Month.

National Women’s History Month traces its origins back to March 8, 1857, when women from New York City factories staged a protest over working conditions. International Women’s Day was later observed in 1909. In 1981, the U.S. Congress designated the second week of March National Women’s History Week, and in 1987 Congress expanded it to a month-long observance.

According to a recently published report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Women in the Labor Force: A Databook, women make up over 85 percent of the library profession. Over the years, the ALA women’s groups have helped to develop evaluative tools, guidelines and programs to enhance the opportunities and the image of women in the library profession.

Here are some resources that are available:

For additional resources and information on how to celebrate National Women’s History Month, visit: the National Women’s History Month Resources page.