The American Association of University Women partners with the library each year to hold an event for women’s history month. This year, the subject of the event is Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Her 125th birthday would have been last fall. Previous topics have included immigrant women in Missouri and Lilly Ledbetter.
“Eleanor was very much a feminist,” organizer Holly Burgess said. “She was always an advocate for women and wanted women to achieve as they could.”
The program will include a brief speech about Roosevelt’s contributions to America and the world and a performance. Katherine Gardner of Columbia Independent School will be performing as Roosevelt tonight. She won the 2009 History Day competition in Missouri for her performance.
“I hope that (the audience) will get a better appreciation for a woman who has made her mark not just on the 20th century but the 21st century and will continue to leave her mark,” Burgess said.
The event will take place at the Columbia Public Library (100 West Broadway) at 7 p.m. Reception at 6:30 p.m.