This Mothers Day we will celebrate and honor our mothers, and their indispensable role and influence in our lives. It may also be an appropriate time to remember and learn about the many brave, unconventional and courageous women over the centuries, some famous and some not so, who stood up, spoke out, struggled through, and ultimately soared.
Listed below are a few collective biographies available on Overdrive/Libby that offer a taste of a variety of stories of real women in a number of fields, from ancient history through the present.
The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience by Hillary Rodham Clinton & Chelsea Clinton
First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies by Kate Andersen Brower
In Praise of Difficult Women: Life Lessons From 29 Heroines Who Dared to Break the Rules by Karen Karbo & Cheryl Strayed
Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction by Lisa Kröger & Melanie R. Anderson
The Six: The Lives of the Mitford Sistersby Laura Thompson
Women of the Frontier: 16 Tales of Trailblazing Homesteaders, Entrepreneurs, and Rabble-Rousers by Brandon Marie Miller
The Women with Silver Wings: The Inspiring True Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II by Katherine Sharp Landdeck
For additional biographical information on any of these trailblazing women, you can access these librarian picked websites and the digital database Gale Biography in Context here https://www.bccls.org/digital_collections/web_subject_guides/biography.shtml.
This resource offers a comprehensive collection of biographies on more than 525,000 people from around the world, throughout history, and across all subjects. It includes audiovisual materials and over 2.5 million full-text articles.
-Archana, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian