In Her Own Words: A Women-Focused Book Club


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What is In Her Own Words?

In Her Own Words is a program of the Women’s Resource Center that uses a non-traditional approach to the study of women and women’s issues. In Her Own Words aims to unite all Aggies of all majors and genders who share a passion for acquiring and sharing information about women by providing an avenue in which students, faculty, and staff can engage in discussions and analyses of relevant literary works.


Who is Involved?

Qualified faculty members will be facilitating the meetings along with staff members. The Women’s Resource Center is proud to partner with Texas A&M’s Interdisciplinary Program in Women’s and Gender Studies, Brazos Valley Reads, and the University Libraries.


What Do We Want Students to Gain from this Club?

We hope that by engaging in conversations about the important issues involving women, students will take one step in committing to lifelong learning, one of Texas A&M’s top priorities. By studying and discussing literature, students can demonstrate critical thinking, learn to communicate effectively, practice personal and social responsibility, demonstrate social, cultural, and global competence, and learn to work collaboratively. 


What are We Reading During the Fall Semester?

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. Hidden Figures is a non-fiction work that follows the lives of African American female mathematicians at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Set against the backdrop of the Jim Crow South and the civil rights movement, it is the never-before-told true story of NASA’s African American female mathematicians who played a very important role in American’s space program. Their contributions have been underestimated and disregarded, until now.Drawing on the ora histories of “Human Computers,” personal recollections, interviews with NASA executives and engineers, archival documents, correspondence, and reporting from the era, Hidden Figures recalls America’s greatest adventure and NASA’s groundbreaking successes through the experiences of five spunky, courageous, intelligent, determined, and patriotic women: Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, Christine Darden, and Gloria Champine.

Margot Lee Shetterly will be coming to Texas A&M University the first week of October. All book club members are invited to attend a reading by Shetterly on October 2nd at 7 pm in Rudder Theater. In addition, book club members will get an exclusive opportunity to attend a Brunch and Learn and a Coffee Hour with Shetterly on October 3rd. The Coffee Hour will take place from 10:30 am - 11:30 am in Coke 206A. The Brunch and Learn event, "A Conversation with Margot Lee Shetterly," will take place on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, from 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM in MSC 2300 A&B.

In addition, we will having an "End of Book Celebration" on Tuesday, November 28th starting at 6:00 pm in Annex 405D. There will be pizza and enjoyable conversations, so please stop by to have a slice and hang out!

When are the Meetings?

All fall 2017 meetings will take place from 7-8:10 pm.


Meeting Date

Meeting Locations

Disscussion Topics

 Tuesday, September 26 MSC 2403 Chapters 1-6
 Tuesday, October 10 MSC 2507 Chapters 7-13
 Tuesday, October 24 MSC 2403 Chapters 14-19
 Tuesday, November 7 MSC 2403 Chapters 19-24 & Epilogue
 Tuesday, November 28  Annex 405D @ 6 pm End of Book Celebration




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