Patty Jenkins is having the biggest opening weekend for a female director in cinema history. Her superhero blockbuster Wonder Woman shattered the previous record for a female director by lassoing an estimated $100 million domestic and about the same cume in foreign markets. By Friday, the film had already taken an estimated $86 million in worldwide box office, and predictions for the final weekend cume continue to rise as ticket sales continue to exceed expectations.
It is well known that librarianship is incredibly homogenous and skewed toward upper-middle-class white women. Despite being a long-time library lover and user, I never saw a black librarian until graduate school, and I grew up in a minority-majority city. As of 2013, American Library Association statistics show a field that is 88.1 percent white. This is not a statistic that reflects the real-life diversity of most communities and may explain why the profession clings so tightly to a neutrality that claims to not see or recognize differences.
From the squiggly pink handrails outside the entrance to the front hall decorated with scenes from And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street — a real street just blocks away — the new Amazing World of Dr. Seuss museum says “You’re off to Great Places!”
Walking into to the museum, opening to the public Saturday in the author and illustrator’s hometown of Springfield, Mass., is like walking into one of his beloved children’s books.