Federal Publications for Women’s History Month

March 3, 2020

Women’s History Month, celebrated in March, is a time to recognize the strides women have made in fighting for equality. According to womenshistorymonth.gov, this month is a time to “join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.” So, GPO welcomes you to join in on celebrating this important month and learn more about women’s history with publications from the GPO Bookstore.

Do you know the name of the very first woman representative in the United States? If you guessed Jeannette Rankin of Montana, you’re a women’s history whiz! How about the first woman representative in your state? Learn all the fun facts about the history of women in politics in Women In Congress, 1917–2017. This popular publication includes a set of essays that reflects the considerable increase in the number of women in Congress during the last decade.

We’ve all heard that women earn 80 cents for every dollar earned by a man. Want to know even more facts and figures on women in the workplace? Women in the Labor Force: A Databook from the Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics presents historical and current labor force and earnings data for women and men from the Current Population Survey.

The Women’s Army Corps (WAC) was the women’s branch of the United States Army that was created in 1942 and disbanded in 1978. When it was first created, women had never before served in the military, aside from being nurses. At first, women were not granted the same benefits as male soldiers. Want to learn more about this fascinating time in history? The Women’s Army Corps from the Center of Military History gives a history of WAC from its beginning in World War II until it was discontinued by Congress. In the volume, readers will learn about the decision by Congress in 1978 to end the separation of men and women in the Army and give women roles in other branches of the Army. Bettie J. Mordon, the author of the volume, served as a WAC throughout its entire existence and writes of the changes in WAC throughout the years, including the transformation in the status of Army women and how the Women’s rights movement of the ‘70s helped revolutionize the U.S. military. Also in the volume are images of various uniforms enlisted women, drill sergeants, and officers have worn throughout the years.

Today, women make up about 19% of the total naval force. But this hasn’t always been the case. The Navy’s First Enlisted Women: Patriotic Pioneers gives a historical account of the women who have broken down barriers and changed the Navy for the better. In this publication, you will read about Loretta Perfectus Walsh, the first woman to enlist in the U.S. Navy who volunteered to continue her family’s legacy of military service. Also in the publication are historical photographs of the U.S. Enrollment Office, U.S. Naval Reserve Force enlistees, and other interesting facts.

Women in the Federal Government: Ambitions and Achievements assesses the treatment and advancement of women in the Federal Government. Written by the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), the report notes that the situation for women in the Government has improved since its last report. For example, women hold an increased proportion of positions in the Senior Executive Service, and fewer women report that they are subjected to discrimination or stereotypes. However, according to the report, there’s still work to be done. It notes that Federal agencies may need to reexamine their approaches to recruitment, work assignment, and leadership development in order to continue to bring women and their work to the forefront of the Federal Government. MSPB includes recommendations that Federal agencies, managers, and employees can take to promote workplace fairness and the full utilization of all employees.

We hope these GPO publications help you learn a little bit about the women pioneers who changed our Nation for the better. Happy Women’s History Month!

The GPO Online Bookstore – Easy Access to Federal Publications

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Shop Online Anytime: You can buy a vast majority of eBooks or print publications —with FREE Standard Shipping worldwide— from the U.S. Government Online Bookstore at https://bookstore.gpo.gov.

Visit our Retail Store: To buy or order a copy of any print editions from this collection at GPO’s retail bookstore at 710 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20401, open Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Federal holidays, Call (202) 512-0132 for information or to arrange in-store pick-up(s).

Order by Phone or Email: Call our Customer Contact Center Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm Eastern (except US Federal holidays). From US and Canada, call toll-free 1.866.512.1800. DC or International customers call +1.202.512.1800.  Email orders to ContactCenter@gpo.gov

Visit a Federal depository library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

Find more than a million official Federal Government publications from all three branches at www.govinfo.gov.

About the author: Blogger contributor Cat Goergen is the PR Specialist in GPO’s Public Relations office.


Marine Corps University (MCU) Journal – Special Gender Integration Issue

September 27, 2019

The wartime edict allowing women to serve in administrative support to “free a Marine to fight” 100 years ago was only the first step to women now completing the notoriously challenging Infantry Officer Course. Women have moved through the obstacles to compete for positions and roles in America’s military.

In this Special Issue of MCU Journal, featuring “Gender Integration,” you will find an assortment of articles authored and/or reviewed by women. You will read about the historical perspective that showcases the blending of women into global militaries along with the expansion of women’s roles within the Department of Defense (DOD) that have resulted in Congressional legislation. The story is not just about the women in the military global movement. Recurring themes about women’s roles in the militaries and armed forces’ combat have shifted through history. The articles highlight gender integration and cover important milestones related to women in the U.S. military.

The MCU Journal discusses women soldiers and their roles in the U.K. and USSR armed forces during World War II. It also discusses the creation of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services as well as the Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces. The creation of these committees provided women the opportunity to play a more significant role in gaining gender equality in the U.S. military. Other noteworthy topics throughout the Journal include the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, Women in the Infantry, Gender Equality in Latin America, and Israel Border Policewomen.

Scholars in military history, political science, international relations, national security, and women currently serving in the military should reference this important document about the challenges of mixed gender basic training in the U.S. Armed Forces. Plus, historians and students engaged in military and women’s studies, as well as military enthusiasts, may want a copy of this publication.

This Special Issue is now available for FREE PDF download from the U.S. Government Bookstore here. You can find other free eBooks here.

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Sign up to receive promotional bulletin emails from the US Government Online Bookstore.

Shop Online Anytime: You can buy a vast majority of eBooks or print publications —with FREE Standard Shipping worldwide— from the U.S. Government Online Bookstore at https://bookstore.gpo.gov.

Visit our Retail Store: To buy or order a copy of any print editions from this collection at GPO’s retail bookstore at 710 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20401, open Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Federal holidays, Call (202) 512-0132 for information or to arrange in-store pick-up(s).

Order by Phone or Email: Call our Customer Contact Center Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm Eastern (except US Federal holidays). From US and Canada, call toll-free 1.866.512.1800. DC or International customers call +1.202.512.1800.  Email orders to ContactCenter@gpo.gov

Visit a Federal depository library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

Find more than a million official Federal Government publications from all three branches at www.govinfo.gov.

About the author: Blogger contributor Trudy Hawkins is the the Sr. Marketing & Promotions Specialist in GPO’s Publication & Information Sales Division supporting the U.S. Government Online Bookstore.


A Nation Abounds with Women’s History & Achievements

March 14, 2019

The 2019 Women’s History Month theme is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence.”  The theme honors “women who have led efforts to end war, violence, and injustice and pioneered the use of nonviolence to change society.” (citation: National Women’s History Museum/Women’s History Month)

Women have made significant contributions to history, culture, and society. Too often in the past their energy, dedication, and intellect in championing human rights, creating new innovations, and in public service, have gone unheralded. In recent years, women in record numbers are now serving in the U.S. Congress.

  • In 2019, 127 (106D, 21R) women hold seats in the United States Congress, comprising 23.7% of the 535 members.
  • 25 women (25%) serve in the U.S. Senate.
  • 102 women (23.4%) serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Four women (2D, 2R) also represent American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in the United States House of Representatives. (citation: Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University)

In this historical tribute, Women in Congress, 1917-2017, also available for free digital download, you can read about female Congressional members who have been elected through the 114th Congress and their contributions to the Nation.

You can also read about how women have played a key role in our military and Government through these resources:

The Women’s Army Corps, 1945-1978

A Contemporary History of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps

Women on the Frontlines of Peace and Security

Mixed Gender Basic Training: The U.S. Army Experience, 1973-2004

Women in the Federal Government: Ambitions and Achievements

The Nation can be proud of its champions of women’s rights and their commitment to advancing participation within communities and societies to build peace and equality.

We invite you to check out our full resources collection about women.

The GPO Online Bookstore – Easy Access to Federal Publications

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Sign up to receive promotional bulletin emails from the US Government Online Bookstore.

Shop Online Anytime: You can buy a vast majority of eBooks or print publications —with FREE Standard Shipping worldwide— from the U.S. Government Online Bookstore at https://bookstore.gpo.gov.

Visit our Retail Store: To buy or order a copy of any print editions from this collection at GPO’s retail bookstore at 710 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20401, open Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Federal holidays, Call (202) 512-0132 for information or to arrange in-store pick-up(s).

Order by Phone or Email: Call our Customer Contact Center Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm Eastern (except US Federal holidays). From US and Canada, call toll-free 1.866.512.1800. DC or International customers call +1.202.512.1800.  Email orders to ContactCenter@gpo.gov

Visit a Federal depository library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

Find more than a million official Federal Government publications from all three branches at www.govinfo.gov.

About the author: Blogger contributor Ed Kessler is a Promotions Specialist in GPO’s Publication and Information Sales program office.


International Women’s Day, March 8, 2018

March 7, 2018

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women’s Day has occurred for well over a century. Started by the Suffragettes in the early 1900’s, the first International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1911.

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Government Book Talk is highlighting a new publication from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Women and Religious Freedom: Synergies and Opportunities. The purpose of this publication is to seek to identify complexities between freedom of religion or belief (FORB) and the right to women’s equality through the analysis of various international human rights law documents impacting this topic. It addresses a fundamental issue especially true in societies with deep historic traditions and values not always in harmony with the progress of women’s equality.

For more publications celebrating the achievements of women go to: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/catalog/women.

The GPO Online Bookstore – Easy Access to Federal Publications

HOW DO I OBTAIN THIS RESOURCE?

Shop Online Anytime: You can buy eBooks or print publications —with FREE Standard Shipping worldwide— from the U.S. Government Online Bookstore at https://bookstore.gpo.gov.

Shop our Retail Store: Buy a copy of any print editions from this collection at GPO’s retail bookstore at 710 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20401, open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Federal holidays, Call (202) 512-0132 for information or to arrange in-store pick-up.

Order by Phone: Call our Customer Contact Center Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (except US Federal holidays). From US and Canada, call toll-free 1.866.512.1800. DC or International customers call +1.202.512.1800.

Visit a Federal depository library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

About the author: Blogger contributor Ed Kessler is a Promotions Specialist in GPO’s Publication and Information Sales program office.

 


National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 24, 2017

Since 1981, October has been recognized as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in honor of the “Day of Unity” which was held that year and was conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) says the intent of that first “Day of Unity” was to join advocates all over the Nation who were working to end violence against women and their children.

The Day of Unity soon became an entire week devoted to a range of activities conducted at the local, state, and national level. The activities varied wildly but had three common themes:

  • Mourning those who have died because of domestic violence.
  • Celebrating those who have survived.
  • Connecting those who work to end violence.

In 1989, the U.S. Congress passed Public Law 101-112 designating October of that year as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Such legislation has passed every year since with National Coalition Against Domestic Violence providing key leadership in this effort.

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) offers access to several items that can help your organization raise awareness. The U.S. Government Bookstore offers several titles that can aid in learning more about this topic. Some of those include:

  • Understanding Domestic Violence: A Handbook for Victims and Professionals This book provides help to better understand how domestic violence affects adult and child victims and offers tools to help prevent further injury or death. It also explains how the civil and criminal justice system can work for the protection of the victims.
  • Preventing Intimate Partner Violence Across the Lifespan: A Technical Package of Programs, Policies and PracticesThis book represents a select group of strategies based on the best available evidence to help communities and states sharpen their focus on prevention activities with the greatest potential to prevent intimate partner violence (IPV) and its consequences. Some of these strategies include teaching safe and healthy relationship skills, engaging influential adults and peers, disrupting the developmental pathways toward IPV, creating protective environments, strengthening economic supports for families, and supporting survivors to increase safety and lessen harm.

GPO also offers access to the original version of Public Law 101-112 through govinfo.gov, where you can also find access to the latest U.S. Government information on the Violence Against Women Act.

The Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP) offers transcripts of a hearing before the Senate’s Judiciary Committee on How the Violence against Women Act Serves Hawaii Military Families Experiencing Domestic Violence, and another hearing before the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on Domestic Violence in Professional Sports.

GPO will continue to provide access to Federal Government information on multiple issues that affect the public, and to Keep America Informed.

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Click on the Links: For the free resources, click on the links above in the blog post.

Shop Online Anytime: You can buy eBooks or print publications —with FREE Standard Shipping worldwide— from the U.S. Government Online Bookstore at https://bookstore.gpo.gov.

Shop our Retail Store: Buy a copy of any print editions from this collection at GPO’s retail bookstore at 710 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20401, open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Federal holidays, Call (202) 512-0132 for information or to arrange in-store pick-up.

Order by Phone: Call our Customer Contact Center Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (except US Federal holidays). From US and Canada, call toll-free 1.866.512.1800. DC or International customers call +1.202.512.1800.

Visit a Federal depository library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

About the author: Blogger contributor Scott Pauley is a Writer and Editor in GPO’s Library Services and Content Management offices.


Women’s Equality Day

August 25, 2017

The women’s march toward equality took great strides forward during the late sixties and early seventies with feminist leaders such as Gloria Steinem coming to the fore and voicing in unequitable terms it was time for gender equality issues to take center stage.

Women across America were spiritually motivated by the feminist anthem recorded by Australian-American artist Helen Reddy, “I am Woman”- Hear Me Roar, a huge hit that reached the Billboard Charts Number One in sales in late 1972.

A musical celebration of the “women’s liberation” movement, during the eighties Reddy was quoted as saying, “To this day I get mail from women who say, I went to law school because of your song.”

Women’s Equality is remembered on August 26th, “Women’s Equality Day”

The GPO Online Bookstore offers titles celebrating the contributions of women in America:

Women in Congress, 1917-2017 (ePub), available for download free. The title contains a revised set of essays that reflect the considerable increase in the number of women in Congress during the last decade.

Invest in Women, Invest in America: A Comprehensive Review of Women in the U.S. Economy,Women on the Frontlines of Peace and Security, provides a comprehensive review of women in the U.S. economy so that policymakers could have a better understanding of women’s essential contributions to our economy and their potential to play a stronger role in our economic recovery.

Women on the Frontlines of Peace and Security. This title helps build our understanding of the importance of women in building and keeping peace is informed by a wide range of experts, from diplomats to military officials and from human rights activists to development professionals. The goal of this book is to bring together these diverse voices.

While “You’ve Come A Long Way Baby” is certainly true, it’s importance for all Americans that progress toward complete equality regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, or any other form of individuality is removed from opportunity to the values of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

The GPO Online Bookstore – Easy Access to Federal Publications

HOW DO I OBTAIN THESE RESOURCES?

Shop Online Anytime: You can buy eBooks or print publications —with FREE Standard Shipping worldwide— from the U.S. Government Online Bookstore at http://bookstore.gpo.gov.

Shop our Retail Store: Buy a copy of any print editions from this collection at GPO’s retail bookstore at 710 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20401, open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Federal holidays, Call (202) 512-0132 for information or to arrange in-store pick-up.

Order by Phone: Call our Customer Contact Center Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (except US Federal holidays). From US and Canada, call toll-free 1.866.512.1800. DC or International customers call +1.202.512.1800.

Visit a Federal depository library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

About the author: Blogger contributor Ed Kessler is a Promotions Specialist in GPO’s Publication and Information Sales program office.


August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month

August 23, 2017

For Breastfeeding Awareness Month, new mothers gain breastfeeding advice from US Health and Human Services (HHS), Office on Women’s Health (OWH).

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2016 Breastfeeding Report Card, over 80 percent of women in the U.S. initiate breastfeeding. However, barely more than half (51.8 percent) of infants are still breastfeeding at 6 months. Even though the decision to breastfeed is a personal one and a mother should not be made to feel guilty if she cannot or chooses not to breastfeed, mothers still face many barriers such as: lack of knowledge, social norms, stigma, poor family and social support, lactation problems, employment and child care challenges, and barriers related to health practices in hospitals.

Your Guide to Breastfeeding, produced by OWH, provides moms with the support they need to breastfeed successfully. It offers information on how milk is made, tips for making breastfeeding as comfortable as possible, and practical advice for overcoming challenges, latching, using breast pumps, storing milk, breastfeeding in public, handling stress, going back to work, weaning, and more.

This free publication is available two ways:

The GPO Online Bookstore – Easy Access to Federal Publications

Shop Online Anytime: You can buy eBooks or print publications —with FREE Standard Shipping worldwide— from the U.S. Government Online Bookstore at http://bookstore.gpo.gov.

Shop our Retail Store: Buy a copy of any print editions from this collection at GPO’s retail bookstore at 710 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20401, open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Federal holidays, Call (202) 512-0132 for information or to arrange in-store pick-up.

Order by Phone: Call our Customer Contact Center Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (except US Federal holidays). From US and Canada, call toll-free 1.866.512.1800. DC or International customers call +1.202.512.1800.

Visit a Federal depository library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

About the author: This week’s blog contributor is Maureen Whelan, Senior Marketing Team Leader for GPO’s Publication and Information Sales program office in Washington, DC. Maureen oversees print and digital content dissemination strategy and manages third party free and paid content distribution through platforms and vendors, such as Apple iBookstore, Barnes and Noble.com, Google Play eBookstore, Ebscohost databases, Overdrive, and more.


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