Dr. Carla Hayden is the 14th Librarian of Congress, and the first woman and first person of color to hold the position. Dr. Hayden has dedicated the last 40 years to serving library patrons and the library profession. She is especially well-regarded for her commitment to Equity of Access. During her tenure as the President of the American Library Association (ALA), she rallied against the USA PATRIOT Act in order to defend the privacy of library users. This earned her the Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year in 2003. As the Director at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, she kept the libraries open during the protests of the death of Freddie Gray: "...we knew that [people] would look for that place of refuge and relief and opportunity." To learn more about Dr. Hayden's role in the Library of Congress, please click here.
Dr. Hayden has a bachelor's degree in political science from Roosevelt University, and master's and doctorate degrees in library science from University of Chicago.
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IWD 2017 campaign theme #BeBoldForChange
Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement.
Progress towards gender parity has slowed in many places.
According to the 2016 Global Gender Gap Report by the World Economic Forum, we will not have gender parity until 2186-- almost 170 years from now. This predicted year keeps getting further and further. In 2014 the estimated year was 2095. One year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn't close entirely until 2133. This year's campaign is a reaction to this trend. Change needs to happen soon.