The new Podcast Club at Fort Bend County Libraries’ University Branch Library will focus on “Celebrating Women” for Women’s History Month in March.

Similar to a book club, the Podcast Club provides an opportunity for podcast listeners to get together to discuss podcast selections from a themed podcast-listening list and share their opinions on trending topics. Each month features a different theme, along with a short list of podcast episodes.

The next meeting of the University Branch Library Podcast Club will take place on Thursday, March 26, beginning at 7:00 pm, in Conference Room 1 of the library, located at 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land, on the UH campus.

The list of podcasts from which to choose includes:

§ “Women’s Social Clubs” – No Man’s Land by The Wing (30 minutes). There was a time when Charles Dickens banned women from dinner, FDR forced Japanese Americans into Internment Camps, and symbolic Civil Rights Legislation was in peril, so Women’s Social Clubs were formed to give women a voice. Get to know clubwomen of yore, who were so much more than the white-gloved-ladies-who-lunch.

§ “The Sculptor, Edmonia Lewis” – What’sHerName (39 minutes). What if you had a vision for your life, but absolutely everyone around you told you it was impossible? Edmonia Lewis lived a life so improbable, that if we didn’t have the actual evidence that she really existed, we’d never believe it! The orphaned daughter of a Native American mother and Caribbean father in mid-19th-century America, she set out on the most unlikely path: to become a famed classical sculptor in Rome, all while people of her race were literally enslaved in her homeland. Her journey to gain the education that was denied her, to buy her own boat fare, and to make her impossible way in the world, defied the expectations of everyone, and still does.

§ “The Secret History of International Women’s Day” – Stuff Mom Never Told You (46 minutes). International Women’s Day, celebrated every March 8, is a holiday inspired by factory women going on strike for better wages and working conditions. Get to the bottom of the holiday’s history in this classic episode.

§ “The Untold Story of Women & Space History” – When Women Win (34 minutes). This show is about women in space, in science, and in history. Hear about the many women who were involved in global space programs in the 1960s, including members of the Mercury 13.

§ “Finally, An All-Female Spacewalk” – Short Wave (12 minutes). NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir completed the first all-female spacewalk in October 2019. The historic moment came 35 years after Kathryn Sullivan became the first American woman to spacewalk. In this podcast, hear from Koch, Meir, and Sullivan. Former NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan also talks about why she says this moment is long overdue.

A direct link to the podcasts can be found on the University Branch Library’s online calendar on the Fort Bend County Libraries website.

The Podcast Club is free and open to the public. For more information, see the Fort Bend County Libraries website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), or call the University Branch Library (281-633-5100) or the library system’s Communications Office (281-633

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