November 22, 2017

Hats Off to You, Maud Malone (1873–1951)

LJ reader Mary Ann Trail (associate professor, Richard Stockton Coll. Lib., Pomona, NJ) recently brought to our attention an important anniversary: 100 years ago this month, New York librarian (NYPL)/activist Maud Malone led the first suffragette parade down Broadway. “She got out there with her sandwich boards and open-air meetings before anyone else did,” said Trail of Maud, who, once women won the vote, turned her rabblerousing energies toward fighting for library workers’ rights.

 

“There are so many tantalizing hints of [Maud’s] passion, grit, and determination but little from the woman herself,” said Trail, who’s spent the last several months on sabbatical in New York tracing Maud’s life and times. As coordinator of her library’s education program for the past 20 years, Trail aims to remedy that, bringing to light the accomplishments of this library legend she feels “speaks so clearly to today’s librarians” and “personifies the working woman who still managed to be deeply involved in the social movements of her day.”

 

Give Maud Malone and other women’s rights leaders their due at your own library in March, which marks another seminal anniversary: National Women’s History Month.

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