2022 (March 1 – March 31)

Celebrate the accomplishments of fascinating Elgin women, including scientist Mildred A. Engelbrecht, baseball player Charlene Barnett, ballerina Lisa Boehm and many more. The exhibit is based on the book Elgin: A Women’s City by E.C. “Mike” Alft.

Elgin: A Women's City Without Many Pictures Exhibit at the Main Library Banner

Elgin: A Women’s City Exhibit

Without Many Pictures

On Display at the Main Library in March
Celebrate the accomplishments of fascinating Elgin women, including scientist Mildred A. Engelbrecht, baseball player Charlene Barnett, ballerina Lisa Boehm and many more. The exhibit is based on the book Elgin: A Women’s City by E.C. “Mike” Alft.

He noted in the book that prominent women were not often featured in the news in the past, resulting in few photos for us to see today.  Despite the missing images, we strive to honor these extraordinary women who made their mark on Elgin.

Women's History Quiz

3/2/22 Press Release

Photograph of person browsing exhibit3-2-22 Journalists Marin, Friedman, Krishnamurthy, Mann, Wescott and Carr add important perspective to exhibit Elgin: A Women’s City without many pictures opening March 3

Honoring women from yesterday and today, this exhibit is based on a book written by E.C. “Mike” Alft, Elgin: A Women’s City.  Alft was a teacher, former mayor and Elgin historian as well as an actual Illinois Library Luminary.In his 2008 book, he mentioned that many fascinating Elgin women were trailblazers who helped shape the city for future generations but were not recognized by historians and journalists of the time.

Carol Marin, Brandis Friedman, Madhu Krishnamurthy, Julie Mann, Stacey Wescott and Amy Carr Banner
Celebrating Today’s Women Journalists

Learn about the challenges and accomplishments of local women journalists like Madhu Krishnamurthy of the Daily Herald and Julie Mann of Kane County (previously of WBBM) who will be interviewed by School District U-46 students, to be shown in this video exhibit.


Highlights of Interviews

Individual Interviews

Carol Marin
Carol Marin is a director of the DePaul University Center for Journalism Integrity & Excellence. She was the political editor at NBC5 News in Chicago and an interviewer for WTTW's Chicago Tonight, with much of her political reporting focused on public corruption. She has been a correspondent for 60 Minutes II and 60 Minutes and anchor for WMAQ-TV and WBBM-TV.
Brandis Friedman
Brandis Friedman is a co-anchor and correspondent for WTTW’s Chicago Tonight and host of Chicago Tonight: Black Voices. She previously worked as an anchor and reporter for WBBM Newsradio. Before working in Chicago, she was a special projects producer for WJLA-TV/ABC-7 in Washington, D.C. and a reporter for several NBC affiliates. 
Madhu Krishnamurthy
Daily Herald Assistant City Editor and Diversity Editor Madhu Krishnamurthy covers the suburbs' diverse communities and issues, as well as stories about religion and education. She has been a staff writer with the Daily Herald for 21 years.
Julie Mann
Chicago Journalist Julie Mann started for WBBM Newsradio 780AM/105.9FM as a news reporter in 1997.  For more than a decade she served as the radio station’s Managing Editor. After 25 years in broadcasting, she is now the Public Information Officer for Kane County.
Stacey Wescott
Visual journalist Stacey Wescott has worked at the Chicago Tribune since 1998 covering a variety of subjects including breaking news, features, and sports. She has worked on many investigative projects including a Tribune team project about the air traffic system that won the Pulitzer Prize.
Amy Carr
Amy Carr is General Manager, USA for Time Zone One, a creative communications agency. She was editor-in-chief of the monthly Chicago magazine. Before that, she was the top features editor at the Chicago Tribune. 

America's First Ladies The Best, the Worst and the Strangely Forgotten Banner

From Surviving to Thriving:
Key Learnings for Latinas
and Women of Color to Lead
from the Front 

With Author Denise Padín Collazo

Hybrid - Main Library Meadows
Community Rooms and
Facebook Live: gbpl.info/FBLV
Thursday, March 3 | 6 pm
Join award-winning author, Harvard graduate and social justice leader Denise Padín Collazo to celebrate International Women’s Day. The first 20 persons to arrive will receive a copy of the book signed by the author on arrival. The program is also in Spanish.

We Are Eagles: Author talk with
Anna Marie Kukec Tomczyk

Main Library Meadows Community Room A
Tuesday, March 8 | 7 pm
Celebrate International Women’s Day with local journalist Anna Marie Kukec Tomczyk, author of We Are Eagles: Inspiring Stories of Immigrant Women Who Took Bold Steps in Life Through Literacy.
Please register!

An Empowering Moment
with Author & Coach Toria Renee 

Main Library Elgin Room
Thursday, April 14 | 7 pm
Author and radio talk show personality Toria Renee will discuss her book Networkology: Women Building Wealth One Business at a Time. Autographed copies of the book will be available for purchase.
Please register!

Elgin Celebrates International Women’s Day

Main Library
Meadows Community Rooms
Sunday, March 6 | 1:30 pm
Guest speakers and dramatic vignettes will highlight the accomplishments of women in Elgin and around the world. Speakers will include Laura Robertson, author of Forty Dollars and a Dream, Ramona "Monie" Burns, Social Activist/Tribal member of the Paiute Nation, LeJewel K. Crigler, Community Activist, Tina Viglucci, Gail Borden Library Hispanic Services Director, and
Jennifer Ford, League of Women Voters of the Elgin Area President.

The Feminine Perspective in Poetry 

Virtual via Zoom
Tuesday, March 22 | 7 pm
Listen to poems by famous and local women poets. Organized by Elgin Poet Laureate Gareth Mann Sitz on behalf of the Elgin Poet Laureate Project.
Please register!

America’s First Ladies:
The Best, the Worst and the
Strangely Forgotten 

Main Library Meadows Community Rooms
Saturday, April 9 | 1 pm
Explore which First Ladies have ranked highest and lowest (or in-between) by historians. Presented by Leslie Goddard, award-winning actress and scholar.
Please register!