March is Women’s History Month and so we have a variety of books about women who have played a major role in history on display at the PSC Library. Check out Wanted Women: Faith, Lies, and the War on Terror: The Lives of Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Aafia Siddiqui by Deborah Scroggins to learn the story of two women on opposite sides of Islam. Hirsi Ali was raised as a Muslim in Africa, but eventually broke away from her faith and sought asylum in Europe. She has since been very outspoken in her belief that there should be a war against Islam and has gained worldwide notoriety for her actions speaking out against what she sees as Islam’s “backward” practices. Siddiqui was raised in Pakistan, but spent several years in the United States pursuing her education in neuroscience. She left the U.S. after she came under suspicion for her ties to al-Queda and was eventually captured in Pakistan in 2008 with information on how to make explosive, chemical, and biological weapons and several other items linking her to terrorism. She is now serving an 86 year sentence in a federal prison. Scroggins digs deeper into the stories of these two women to tell the story of how the subjugation of women has played a central role in radical Islam.
Another title on display is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, our One Book, One Community read this year. The cells Lacks unknowingly donated years ago have aided medical research in numerous ways. We have several copies of the book available, so come in and check one out and then join in the community discussion during the events we have planned in April, including a visit from Henrietta’s son David on April 24.
You can also check out any of the books below from the PSC Library to learn more about important women in history.