MARCH is Women’s History Month & Cesar Chavez’s Birthday March 31st (1927- 1993)

Women’s History Month highlights the accomplishments of many women across the United States and the World. We have eBooks and print resources including graphic novels. Check out these famous women and other titles displayed in the SUHI Library including Ms. Marlene Wagman’s new book “Still I Rise The Persistence of Phenomenal Women” See Overdrive for this eBook title and now we have four additional print copies available for you to borrow. Ms. Wagman was the special guest speaker at the SUHI Book Club meeting on March 15th. She shared her PowerPoint and her love of writing with our students. She did an awesome job with the students answering their questions about how to become a writer. How lucky for us we have our own resident author! Come to the SUHI Library to check out her books!

Jacqueline Woodson is an American author of fiction and poetry for children and young adults. She is known for writing about characters from a variety of racial backgrounds, ethnic groups, and social classes. In 2018, the librarian of Congress appointed Woodson to a two-year term as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

Sonia Sotomayor is the first Latino Supreme Court Justice. Sonia Maria Sotomayor was born on June 25, 1954, in the Bronx section of New York City. Her parents had moved there from Puerto Rico. Her family lived in a public housing project when she was a child. She received a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in 1976 and a J.D. degree from Yale Law School in 1979. She also served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

After graduation, Sotomayor served as an assistant district attorney in New York City and later as a lawyer in private practice. In 1992, she became a judge for the U.S. District Court in New York’s Southern District. In that position, Sotomayor gained national recognition in 1995 for helping end the major league baseball strike, ruling in favor of the players over team owners. She was appointed a federal appeals court judge in 1998. Sotomayor’s memoir, My Beloved World, was published in 2013. See Overdrive for this eBook!

Yousafzai was born on July 12, 1997, in the town of Mingaora, in the Swat district of northwestern Pakistan. Her father, school owner and activist Ziauddin Yousafzai, encouraged her education. In 2009, at the age of 11, Malala began writing a blog (web log) for the Urdu-language website of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). She soon gained attention in the media.

Yousafzai’s blog promoted her views on education and reported on life in Swat, which had come under Taliban control. The Taliban had banned girls in Swat from attending school and forced many schools to close.

Malala is a Pakistani campaigner for girls’ education. She won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle against the suppression of children and young people. Yousafzai became the youngest recipient of the peace prize. She shared the prize with the Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi. In 2012, at the age of 15, Yousafzai survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban, a militant Islamic group. Following the attack, people around the world voiced support for Yousafzai and her cause. Stop by the SUHI library to pick up a book about Malala.

Gal Gadot is an Israeli actress, singer, martial artist, and model. She was born in Rosh Ha’ayin, Israel, to an Ashkenazi Jewish family. Her parents are Irit, a teacher, and Michael, an engineer, who is a sixth-generation Israeli. She served in the IDF for two years, and won the Miss Israel title in 2004.

Gal began modeling in the late 2000s, and made her film debut in the fourth film of the Fast and Furious franchise, Fast & Furious (2009), as Gisele. Her role was expanded in the sequels Fast Five (2011) and Fast & Furious 6 (2013), in which her character was romantically linked to Han Seoul-Oh (Sung Kang). In the films, Gal performed her own stunts. She also appeared in the 2010 films Date Night (2010) and Knight and Day (2010).

In early December 2013, Gal was cast as Wonder Woman in the superhero team-up film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), and filming began in 2014 for a March 2016 release. Gadot received swordsmanship, Kung Fu kickboxing, Capoeira and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training in preparation for the role.


Chavez was born on March 31, 1927, on a farm near Yuma, Arizona. When he was 10 years old, his parents lost their farm, and the family became migrant workers in California. Like many children of farmworkers, Chavez worked in the fields alongside his family.

Chavez began to organize farm workers in California in 1962, when he established the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) with activist Dolores Huerta. Many farm workers wanted a union because they worked for sub-poverty-level wages, often for 12 hours a day in hot and dangerous working conditions. In 1965, the members of the NFWA went on strike against grape growers in Delano, California, alongside another farm worker group that was made up mostly of Filipinos. From the beginning of the strike, Chavez emphasized the need for a nonviolent and peaceful approach. He led a march of workers across California to the state capital, Sacramento, in order to draw attention to La causa (The Cause). In 1966, the two striking groups merged into the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC).

Chavez inspired not only farmworkers, but also Mexican Americans in their struggle for civil rights, justice, and full inclusion in American society. He declared that the “truest act of courage … is to sacrifice ourselves for others in a totally nonviolent struggle for justice.” He died on April 23, 1993.

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