The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

The Only Woman in the Room

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. When I first heard of it, I thought it was just another biography. Not at all! It’s the story of a truly fascinating woman who lived an amazing life. She went on to invent something that helps us daily. Either part of her story would be very interesting, but she has three really different parts to her life that make her story truly amazing. 

I would recommend this book to multiple groups. The WW2 buffs would enjoy it. The readers who like old Hollywood stories would enjoy it. People interested in women’s history would find it interesting, too, especially those interested in scientists. 

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Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was written clearly and in a way that children can understand. It tells about a very important time in United States history. It discusses segregation in a factual way that makes it clear while things were difficult for these women. 

I enjoyed the book, but I do think it is written for older children to read to themselves. 

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The Color Purple

Banned books

The Color Purple – Alice Walker

Women’s history month tribute

Thirty day book challenge, day 13

I read this for bookclub last year, but it’s shown up on many lists. This book is another case where the book outshines the movie. The movie was limited by the acceptance of mainstream audiences. It glosses over many of the important topics in the book.

I watched the movie as a kid, and then watched it again after I read the book for bookclub. I understood a lot more, simply because I was an adult, but more that I had read the book.

It definitely should have been part of women’s history month. I really adored this book.

Constitution Center Museum

I went into the museum and was immediately told to not take photos, so I didn’t until I was allowed.

The person at the front, selling tickets, told me about two live shows that were about to start, back to back.

The first one was just an actor talking about how the Constitution came to be.  It was interesting, but ran over. 

The second was a play about the timeline of abolishing slavery.  It put everything on a timeline and made it clear to me how long it actually took for the concept of equal rights to be closer to where it should be. 

The next group of photos are a reenactment of the room where it happened, to quote the play.  In reading the signs, I realized that not all of the people were actually in the room.  They signed it later, or not at all. 

I couldn’t get the docent to move, so I just took photos with her in them.The panoramic view of the room.  This was the special exhibit.  It was full of information about the civil war and beyond.  One of the timelines.Lincoln’s handsI hadn’t realized that they didn’t catch John Wilkes Booth immediately.  I just assumed that they had grabbed him off the stage and that was the end of it.
The other timeline.  Why did it take so long?  Over a hundred years to get it somewhat together.

This next group of photos was about Hamilton.Fact vs fictionThe dueling pistolsThis shows how close Hamilton and Burr really were.

Liberty Bell

I am not used to museums and historical places being free to enter.  I was thrilled that the visit to the Liberty Bell was free. 

We had to pass through security on the way in.  I didn’t have anything with me, so that was a piece of cake.There was so much information and so much history there.  The trip through would have been quicker if the couple in front of us would have stopped standing in front of everything.  They weren’t reading anything, just cuddling and giggling.  They’d stop to take photos on and off, but took forever.  It seemed they were hell bent on being in my photos, too.  I think I managed to not get them in any, though.Of course, I needed the photo of the x-ray.
The back side of the bell.

My trip, so far

I have been all over the place for my trip. I have been to the Liberty Bell, the Constitution Center, and Reading Terminal Market. I had a Philly cheese steak sandwich and walked a bunch of steps. I went to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Rodin Museum.

I will be posting them all out of order, because the new software for the blog only allows me to post one photo at a time and it’s a pain in the butt when I have taken so many photos. The old editor works, but crashes frequently, so, I’ll post what I can, when I can.

I am having a great time, even if you’re not really hearing much from me yet.