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Women’s History Month

Each March, the Fort Worth Public Library joins organizations around the world in celebration of Women’s History Month. Join us in a tribute to visionary women in our community and beyond.

Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence

Program Schedule:

The Lady Was a Doctor: Fort Worth Medical School, 1894 - 1918

In honor of Women’s History Month, we welcome local historian Ruth Hosey Karbach to discuss the trailblazing women who studied and practiced medicine Fort Worth in late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Opened in 1894, the Fort Worth Medical School, once a part of Texas Christian University, admitted women from its inception. Over its twenty-four year history, ten female students received degrees including Frances Daisy Emery Allen, M. D. who was the first woman to graduate from any Texas medical school (1897) and worked in Fort Worth. Karbach will examine the personal and professional lives of these unconventional women who forged roles in public education, politics, community organizations, and medical societies.

  • 10:30 a.m. Sat., Mar. 2, Central, Tandy Lecture Hall

Ruth Hosey Karbach is an independent scholar living in Fort Worth. A graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, she pursued further studies at Sam Houston State University. Karbach supervised an oral history project for a university archives, served as curator of a historic house museum, and was associated with the National Cowgirl Museum. She contributed chapters to the Grace & Gumption: Stories of Fort Worth Women series, Celebrating 150 Years: A Pictorial History of Fort Worth, and Texas Women: Their Histories, Their Lives.

Movies that Matter: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

This unprecedented film weaves her words with rare and intimate archival photographs and videos, which paint hidden moments of her exuberant life during some of America’s most defining moments. From her upbringing in the Depression-era South to her work with Malcolm X in Ghana to her inaugural poem for President Bill Clinton, the film takes us on an incredible journey through the life of a true American icon.

Her Voice Panel Discussion

Motivational speaker Yolanda Harper, chair of the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas Anette Soto-Landeros, and other local women share how they have used their voice to make a positive change in their community. A presentation of the inaugural empowerment grant by Women In Power Empowering to a local non-profit organization equipping young women to impact their community follows the panel discussion.

  • 1 p.m. Sat., Mar. 9, Central, Tandy Lecture Hall

Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society Panel

Join the Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society in a presentation and panel discussion recognizing African-American civil rights activists and local women leaders working toward a goal of peace and nonviolence.

  • 1 p.m. Sat., Mar. 16, Central, Tandy Lecture Hall

¿Quienes Somos?: Who Are We?

Join an engaging discussion about the range of terms used to describe Americans of Latin American or Spanish origin. This lively panel of women will compare how terms like Hispanic, Chicano, Latino, Latinx, and Latin@ are used to describe ethnicity, communicate personal identity, and unite communities.

  • 6 p.m. Thu., Mar. 21, Central, Tandy Lecture Hall

Girls Expression Night

Girls Inc. of Tarrant County provides a performance platform for girls from their program to come together to empower one another through the use of spoken word, art, dance and song.

  • 6 p.m. Thu., March 28, Central, Gallery

This inspiring event is open to family and friends of participants.

Last updated: Feb. 14, 2019