Women’s History Month : Insightful New Reads for 2022

Women’s History Month is a celebration of the often overlooked contributions of women to history, culture and society and has been observed annually in the month of March in the United States since 1987.  From Abigail Adams to Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth to Rosa Parks, the timeline of women’s history milestones stretches back to the founding of the United States.

Check out these new titles in our Library collection that highlight the stories of amazing women, explore milestones in the womens’ rights movement, deal with social/cultural issues revolving around women, or offer biographies of inspirational women figures.

The Agitators : Three Friends Who Fought For Abolition And Women’s Rights by Dorothy Wickenden

Chronicles the revolutionary activities of Harriet Tubman, Frances Seward, and Martha Wright–friends and neighbors in Auburn, New York–discussing their vital roles in the Underground Railroad, abolition, and the early women’s rights movement.

Ain’t I A Woman? By Sojourner Truth

Presents a selection of the speeches of Sojourner Truth, the abolitionist and women’s rights leader, along with speeches by other nineteenth-century African American women.

Believe It by Jamie Kern Lima

Shares the wild but true story of how a once struggling waitress turned her against-the-grain idea into an international bestselling sensation, eventually selling the company for over a billion dollars and becoming the first female CEO of a brand in L’Oréal’s 100+ year history.

The Churchill Sisters : The Extraordinary Lives of Winston And Clementine’s Daughters by Rachel Trethewey

As complex in their own way as their Mitford cousins, Winston and Clementine Churchill’s daughters each had a unique relationship with their famous father. Drawing on previously unpublished family letters from the Churchill archives, this biography brings Winston’s daughters out of the shadows and tells their remarkable stories for the first time.

Come Fly The World : The Jet-Age Story Of The Women Of Pan Am by Julia Cooke

A lively, unexpected portrait of the jet-age stewardesses serving on iconic Pan Am airways between 1966 and 1975.  Cooke weaves together the real-life stories of stewardesses as they embraced the liberation of their new jet-set life. 

The Correspondents : Six Women Writers Who Went To War by Judith Mackrell

A gripping group portrait of six revolutionary women writers during World War II. Judith paints a vivid, intimate, and nuanced portrait of these pioneering women, from chasing down sources to conducting clandestine love affairs.

Cracking Up : Black Feminist Comedy In The Twentieth And Twenty-First Century United States by Katelyn Hale Wood

This book archives and analyzes Black feminist stand-up comedy in the United States over the past sixty years. Looking closely at the work of Jackie “Moms” Mabley, Mo’Nique, Wanda Sykes, Sasheer Zamata, Sam Jay, Phoebe Robinson, Jessica Williams, and Michelle Buteau, Wood shows how Black feminist comedy and the laughter it ignites are vital components of feminist, queer, and anti-racist protest.

Forces of Nature : The Women Who Changed Science by Anna Reser

From the ancient world to the present, women have been critical to the progress of science, yet their importance is overlooked, their stories lost, distorted, or actively suppressed. This book sets the record straight and charts the fascinating history of women’s discoveries in science.

The Gilded Edge : Two Audacious Women And The Cyanide Love Triangle That Shook America by Catherine Prendergast

this work of narrative nonfiction  investigates the circumstances surrounding the Gilded Age suicides of Nora May French, George Sterling, and Carrie Sterling by cyanide ingestion. All three individuals were members of a bohemian writing colony located at Carmel-by-the-Sea on the Monterey Peninsula in California. With diligent research, captivating detail, and a little creative license to fill in the gaps, Prendergast chronicles the events that led to the intersection of these three lives.

Hail Mary : The Rise And Fall Of The National Women’s Football League by Britni de la Cretaz 

 The story of the unlikely rise of the National Women’s Football League and the players who loved a game that society told them they shouldn’t be playing. In fourteen cities around the country, these athletes broke new barriers and showed adoring crowds what women were capable of physically.

Let’s Get Physical : How Women Discovered Exercise And Reshaped The World by Danielle Friedman

A captivating blend of reportage and personal narrative that explores the untold history of women’s exercise culture–from jogging and Jazzercise to Jane Fonda–and how women have parlayed physical strength into other forms of power.

Maiden Voyages : Magnificent Ocean Liners And The Women Who Traveled And Worked Aboard Them by Sian Evans

In an engaging and anecdotal social history, this book explores how women’s lives were transformed by the Golden Age of ocean liner travel between Europe and North America. 

My First Thirty Years : A Memoir by Gertrude Beasley

This book reveals the story of a woman who grew up in abject poverty in rural Texas during the early 1900s, where she battled ongoing internal wars with herself concerning her family, faith, sexual reckoning, and quest for education at a time when women were not supposed to discuss those things.

New Women In The Old West : From Settlers To Suffragists, An Untold American Story by Winifred Gallagher

A riveting history of the American West told for the first time through the pioneering women who used the challenges of migration and settlement as opportunities to advocate for their rights, and transformed the country in the process.

Power Hungry : Women Of The Black Panther Party And Freedom Summer And Their Fight To Feed A Movement by Suzanne Cope

Two unsung Black women, Cleo Silvers and Aylene Quin, used food as a political weapon during the civil rights movement, generating influence and power so great that it brought the ire of government agents down on them.

Running From Bondage : Enslaved Women And Their Remarkable Fight For Freedom In Revolutionary America by Karen Cook Bell

Tells the compelling stories of enslaved women, who comprised one-third of all runaways, and the ways in which they fled or attempted to flee bondage during and after the Revolutionary War. 

Sensational : The Hidden History Of America’s “Girl Stunt Reporters” by Kim Todd

Presents a social history of women journalists of the Gilded Age who went undercover to champion women’s rights and expose corruption and abuse in America.

Still Mad : American Women Writers And The Feminist Imagination, 1950-2020 by Sandra M. Gilbert

A brilliant, sweeping history of the contemporary women’s movement told through the lives and works of the literary women who shaped it. 

Unwell Women : Misdiagnosis And Myth In A Man-Made World by Elinor Cleghorn

A trailblazing conversation-starting history of women’s health-from Ancient Greece to hormones and autoimmune diseases-brought together in a fascinating sweeping narrative.

When Women Invented Television : The Untold Story Of The Female Powerhouses Who Pioneered The Way We Watch Today by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

 Documents the lesser-known story of how four trailblazing women from the radio era, including Irna Phillips, Gertrude Berg, Hazel Scott and Betty White, helped establish the foundation of the modern television industry.

Why She Wrote : A Graphic History OfTthe Lives, Inspiration, And Influence Behind The Pens Of Classic Women Writers by Hannah K. Chapman

Brings together both famous and obscure writers from the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries and highlights their history, hardships, and influence–on the written word and each other–through accessible and engaging comics. Framed by short biographies, bibliographies, and fun facts.

Women and Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons by Julia Gillard & Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

In conversation with some of the world’s most powerful and interesting women, this volume  explores gender bias and explores the barriers to women’s participation in politics.

Archana, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

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