First African American Woman Librarian of Congress

Carla Hayden made history when she was sworn in as the United States’ 14th librarian of Congress on Wednesday. Unlike her 13 predecessors, all of whom have been white men, Hayden is an African American woman.

“Even though librarianship is one of the four what they call feminized professions – social work, education nursing, and librarianship – where 85% of the workforce is female, there haven’t been an equal amount of women in the leadership positions,” Hayden said in an interview.

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