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Women's History Month

Post Date:03/06/2017

There is a multitude of books available in the library catalog to help celebrate Women's History Month this March. Choose from true historical accounts, essay collections, or novels with powerful female protagonists. All of our suggestions below are thought-provoking and evocative enough to keep readers engrossed for the remainder of the winter:

 Women History news story graphic of 6 books

Notorious Victoria: The Life of Victoria Woodhull, Uncensored by Mary Gabriel

In 1872, Victoria Woodhull ran for President of the United States. She was the first woman to do so. A mind-blowing person in every sense of the word, Victoria went from rags to riches twice, she became a staunch advocate of women's rights, and she was the first woman to operate a brokerage firm on Wall Street. If you have not heard of her and are wondering why this book will tell you that too. 

 "I loved it. Never knew about women running before Hillary. I understand a documentary or docudrama is in the works. Can't wait. Women should read for inspiration and another example of how hard women have fought for (and are still fighting to be acknowledged and for rights in America."- An Amazon. com reader review

 The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

Mileva Meric was admitted to study physics at Zurich Polytechnic in 1896. She was the only woman in her class. Mileva's grade in physics was documented as 5.5, the same as her friend Albert Einstein. Mileva and Albert grew close over time, and eventually married. Her influence on him became so deep that some believe that the Theory of Relativity was actually Mileva's brainchild.

 "In her compelling novel... Benedict makes a strong case that the brilliant woman behind [Albert Einstein] was integral to his success, and creates a rich historical portrait in the process." - Publishers Weekly

 "...INTIMATE and IMMERSIVE historical novel....Prepare to be moved by this provocative history of a woman whose experiences will resonate with today's readers." " - Library Journal, Editors' Fall Picks

On The Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of The Civil Rights Trail by Charles E. Cobb

This book is a fascinating history lesson creatively designed as a tour guide to the past. Although it is not exclusively about women, the author highlights countless influential females who played vital roles in the civil rights movement. He discusses Mary Church Terrell for example, who was one of the founders of the NAACP. She was 86- years-old when she walked into a segregated restaurant in Washington D.C to protest. The stories in this book will stay with you long after the last page.

 Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Author Octavia Butler received both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for science fiction multiple times. She was also the first science fiction writer ever to receive the MacArthur Fellowship, which is also known as "the genius grant". The Parable of the Sower tells is a dystopian tale of the United States in the year 2025. There is global warming (it only rains once every six or seven years), there are walled cities, disease, and madness runs rampant. Lauren is a young woman living in Los Angeles at that time who dreams of a better life. She is a strong, resilient person who details her hopes in her journal. 

 "Butler tells her story with unusual warmth, sensitivity, honesty, and grace; though science fiction readers will recognize this future Earth, Lauren Olamina and her vision make this novel stand out like a tree amid saplings."- Publisher's Weekly


Here We Are: Feminism For The Real World Edited by Kelly Jensen

Intended for teens but wonderful reading for anyone of any age, Here We Are is a collection of writings on feminism. There is a short history of what feminism has meant in the past and it also offers many different viewpoints as to what it means today.

 “Earnest, conversational, and dauntlessly unapologetic . . . An education unto itself, the message of inclusion and strength is invaluable.” Booklist, starred review

 "Fantastic . . . There is something here for everyone. This celebratory examination of feminism is a much-needed addition to teen collections.” —School Library Journal, starred review

 “Sophisticated yet entirely accessible, the collection is valuable both for the breadth of thought and perspective it represents and for the support it directs towards readers.” Publishers Weekly, starred review


More Suggestions: 

Women of the Frontier by Brandon Marie Miller

In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

Moving Beyond Words by Gloria Steinem 

Hillary Clinton by Michael Burgan

Michelle Obama by Sarah Parvis 

The Winter Crown by Elizabeth Chadwick 

Women In Space by Karen Bush Gibson 

If Nuns Ruled The World by Jo Piazza 

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