|Seneca members and supporters.|
Meet some of the young women of Seneca, a feminist club from Athens High School in Troy, Mich.
(Seated in front, left to right: Dari Butkiewicz, Rosie Burton. Standing, left to right: Anjelica Dudek,; Athens' librarian, Mrs. Vought; Merna Naji; Justine Valka and Oakland University special lecturer, Sue Rumph.)
They recently held a book drive to bring feminist titles into the school's library after a search of the catalog revealed a serious void.
The void was quickly filled thanks to the generosity of local women activists, enthusiasts and scholars.
The initial drive yielded over 20 titles of nonfiction, poetry, history and activism.
Sue Rumph, a special lecturer in Oakland University's women and gender studies program, was eager to pass along volumes of knowledge she's collected during her years of study. The challenge, she said, was selecting titles" appropriate to the high school level" that would be both interesting and accessible. Among her donations were "Backlash" by Susan Faludi and "The Beauty Myth" by Naomi Wolf.
Other titles were donated by members of the National Organization for Women, Oakland County Chapter.
(I was happy to present the club with a new copy of "When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present" by Gail Collins.)
The club's president, Anjelica Dudek, says all the books have been bar coded and stamped by the school's librarian and will be in the catalog in about two weeks.
She adds, "