Allison Grubbs

March is Women’s History Month, an annual opportunity to reflect on the evolving role of women in our country’s history. A look at the past shows us that progress and resilience can happen in even the most challenging of times.

More than 100 years ago, the Spanish Flu dramatically changed our world. The disastrous pandemic killed more than 50 million people. More men were affected than women due to soldiers being in close proximity during World War I. The deadly combination of the flu and war caused a worker shortage that gave unprecedented employment opportunities for women. Many of the jobs that women were acquiring were held exclusively by men before the pandemic. stamp of 19th amendmentThis dramatic increase in the presence of women in the workforce economy most certainly helped pass the Nineteenth Amendment in 1919 which granted women the right to vote.

We are now living through historic, unprecedented times. Looking back just a year ago, as news of COVID-19 spread, we had no idea how much different our world would become. Who knows what permanent changes we may see in society once the current pandemic is behind us? Hopefully, some of those changes will be positive ones.

If you haven’t done so, I invite you to tell us about your COVID-19 experiences and how it’s changed your life—for better or for worse. Our South Florida COVID-19 Project is an online capsule for residents to share their writings, photos, art, and more about COVID-19. Let’s document and archive our experiences for the education of future generations.

Since coming to Broward County Library in 2019 as assistant director, I’ve been excited about enhancing the library’s customer experience. I look forward to seeking ways to improve the high standards of service Broward County Library is known for. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the residents of Broward County with outstanding and award-winning library services.

Allison Grubbs
Interim Director of Broward County Libraries
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Broward County Library February Magazine

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