As Black History Month comes to an end, we enter the month of March during which we honor another group of oppressed people: women. This reading list offers a wide range of feminist books for young and old, essays on the history of women going back through ancient history, novels and poetry displaying women’s power and strength, and some sweet tributes to all women.
This compelling book explores the lives of six remarkable female pharaohs, from Hatshepsut to Cleopatra — women who ruled with real power — and shines a piercing light on our own perceptions of women in power today.
We Are Not Born Submissive offers an in-depth exploration of female submission, focusing on the thinking of Simone de Beauvoir, and more recent work in feminist philosophy, epistemology, and political theory. Manon Garcia argues that to comprehend female submission, we must invert how we examine power and see it from the woman’s point of view.
Jill Lepore argues that Wonder Woman is the missing link in the history of the struggle for women’s rights, a chain of events that begins with the women’s suffrage campaigns of the early 1900s and ends with the troubled place of feminism a century later.
Among the most celebrated plays of ancient Athens, Antigone is one of the seven surviving dramas by the great Greek playwright, Sophocles. Powerfully portraying the clash between civic and familial duty, between morality and obedience, Antigone brings the Oedipus Cycle to a conclusion with the story of the tragic hero's eldest daughter who courts her own death by defying the edict of Thebes's new ruler, her uncle Kreon.
"A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story," this #1 New York Times bestseller is "both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right.” - Alexandra Alter, The New York Times
In The Aeneid, Vergil’s hero fights to claim the king’s daughter, Lavinia, with whom he is destined to found an empire. Lavinia herself never speaks a word. Here Ursula K. Le Guin gives Lavinia a voice in a novel that takes us to the half-wild world of ancient Italy, when Rome was a muddy village near seven hills.
Published in 1963, The Feminine Mystique opened the door to “the problem that has no name”: the belief systems and institutions that undermined women’s confidence in their intellectual capabilities, keeping them in the house and out of the job market. Writing in a time when the average woman first married in her teens and 60% of female students dropped out of college to marry, Betty Friedan captured the frustrations and thwarted ambitions of a generation and showed women how they could reclaim their lives. Part social chronicle, part manifesto, The Feminine Mystique is filled with fascinating anecdotes and interviews as well as insights that continue to inspire.
In her fiery essay collection, Mikki Kendall takes aim at the legitimacy of the modern feminist movement, arguing that it has chronically failed to address the needs of all but a few women. Her collection is a call to all would-be feminists to live out the true mandate of the movement in thought and in deed.
Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny, and spot-on look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better, coming from one of our most interesting and important cultural critics.
Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés unfolds rich intercultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and stories, many from her own traditions, in order to help women reconnect with the fierce, healthy, visionary attributes of this instinctual nature. Through the stories and commentaries in this important book, we retrieve, examine, love, and understand the Wild Woman, and hold her against our deep psyches as one who is both magic and medicine.
Wayward Lives touches on the experience of young urban Black women who desire an existence different than the one that had been scripted for them: domestic service, second-class citizenship, and respectable poverty, and whose intimate revolution was apprehended as crime and pathology. Finally young Black women are credited with shaping a cultural movement that is transforming the urban landscape.
Soldiering has been a traditional life experience for innumerable women in Mexico, since pre-Columbian times Yet the many names given these women warriors (heroines, camp followers, Amazons, coronelas, soldadas, soldaderas, and Adelitas) indicate their contradictory position within Mexican society. Elizabeth Salas explores the changing role of the soldadera, both in reality and as a cultural symbol, from pre-Columbian times up to the present day.
Sonia Sotomayor is the first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court. This is her story of human triumph that “hums with hope and exhilaration” (NPR), in which she recounts her life, beginning in a Bronx housing project, to landing a job sitting on a federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.
The true story of the Black female mathematicians at NASA at the leading edge of the feminist and civil rights movement, whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space.
This YA edition of Hidden Figures brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, who lived through the Civil Rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country.
This beautifully illustrated picture book edition of Hidden Figures is the story of the four female African American mathematicians at NASA, known as "colored computers," and how they overcame gender and racial barriers to succeed in a highly challenging STEM-based career.
As this book was heading into production, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away, in September 2020. Her death was met with a public outpouring of grief and with her death, the country lost a hero and national treasure whose incredible life and legacy made the United States a more just society and one in which “We the People,” for whom the Constitution is written, includes everyone.
The fascinating lives of more than thirty exemplary Jewish female role models portrayed in this book were chosen by Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Working with journalist Nadine Epstein, RBG selected these trailblazers who chose not to settle for the rules and beliefs of their time. They did not accept what the world told them they should be. Like RBG, they dreamed big, worked hard, and forged their own paths to become who they deserved to be.
This is a collection of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's speeches and writings dating back to the eighth grade.
Author Patricia Brennan Demuth answers all the questions for young readers about what made RBG so irreplaceable and how the late Supreme Court justice left a legacy that will last forever.
Of all the Ruth Bader Ginsburg children’s books, this picture book really lets you explore how she went from a Jewish girl during World War II to one of the most celebrated leaders in America.
In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address.
This YA edition of Becoming is an honest and fascinating account of Michelle Obama’s life led by example. She shares her views on how all young people can help themselves as well as help others, no matter their status in life. In telling her story with boldness, she asks young readers: Who are you, and what do you want to become?
Throughout the years, Gloria Steinem is perhaps the single-most iconic figure associated with women's rights, her name practically synonymous with the word "feminism." Documenting everything from her boundary-pushing journalistic career to the foundation of Ms. Magazine, to being awarded the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom, this YA biography is meticulously researched and is sure to satisfy even the most voracious of aspiring glass-ceiling smashers.
A beautifully illustrated collection of Gloria Steinem’s most inspirational and outrageous quotes.
In this book from the Little People, Big Dreams series, your little feminist will discover the incredible life of Gloria Steinem, the world's most famous feminist.
Mary Doria Russell’s historical novel The Women of the Copper Country was chosen by as the 2021-2020 Great Michigan Read by Michigan Humanities. The book tells the story of 25-year-old Annie Clements who stood up for miners and their families during the 1913 copper strikes in Michigan’s Upper Penninsula.
Elegantly written and enriched by excerpts from letters, diaries, and memoirs, The Glass Universe is the hidden history of the women whose contributions to the burgeoning field of astronomy forever changed our understanding of the stars and our place in the universe.
What do Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mae Jemison, Frida Kahlo, Barack and Michelle Obama, Gloria Steinem, Dorothy Pitman Hughes, Billie Jean King, Yoko Ono, and Malala Yousafzai have in common? They're all feminists and they were all once babies! This board book invites your litte ones to lift the flap and discover what your favorite feminist icons might have looked like as babies and toddlers
On the heels of Baby Feminists, here are ten more pioneering icons in a second board book for budding leaders of all ages. Lift the die-cut flaps to discover how cute these change-makers can be, inspiring the next generation of artists, athletes, and activists to join the fight for equality and inclusion.
In this personal essay, adapted from the much-admired TEDx talk of the same name, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman now, and an of-the-moment rallying cry for
Meet the irrepressible Feminist Baby — she's funny, fearless, and wants to make as much noise as possible. Readers of all ages will love this smart, refreshing board book that explores feminism in an accessible way.
For the last twenty years, Melinda Gates has been on a mission to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs, wherever they live. Throughout this journey, one thing has become increasingly clear to her: If you want to lift society up, you need to stop keeping women down.
A work of creative brilliance may seem like magic—its source a mystery, its impact unexpectedly stirring. How does an artist accomplish such an achievement, connecting deeply with an audience never met? In this groundbreaking book, one of our culture’s beloved artists offers a detailed account of her own creative process, inspirations, and unexpected connections.
Kate Quinn has an uncanny skill at presenting the stories of the courageous women who fought behind the lines during both world wars, as spies and conducting counter-intelligence, in their fight against the Nazis. The women of the Alice Network will change you.
Inspired by author Tori Telfer's Jezebel column “Lady Killers,” this thrilling compendium investigates female serial killers and their crimes through the ages.
A comprehensive biography of a major American female figure, and the story of an American ideal: how our freedom is always a choice. Eleanor rediscovers a model of what is noble and evergreen in the American character, a model we need today more than ever.
A novel of intense power and intrigue, Jane Eyre has dazzled generations of readers
with its depiction of a woman's quest for freedom.
“The single most compelling personal account of the Holocaust ... remains astonishing and excruciating.” — The New York Times Book Review
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The rooms of New York’s Barbizon Hotel were filled with students from the Katherine Gibbs secretarial school, collegiate guest editors from Mademoiselle magazine like Joan Didion, models from the Powers agency, and actresses like Grace Kelly and Liza Minelli, but there were other residents whose stories may be less glamorous, but no less worthy of telling. This is the first look into the women who lived there and how the Barbizon was their safe place in the all-female hotel (until 1981, when men were allowed to reside there.)
Women in Science, the young reader edition, celebrates the achievements of the intrepid women who have paved the way for the next generation of female engineers, biologists, mathematicians, doctors, astronauts, physicists, and more.
An entertaining memoir of Ann Hood’s adventurous years as a TWA flight attendant.
Paving the Way tells the stories of the first fourteen trailblazing female law professors at ABA and AALS-accredited law schools in the US. Author Herma Hill Kay, who became the 15th such professor, labored over the stories of these women in order to provide an essential history of their path for the more than 2,000 women working as law professors today and all of their feminist colleagues.
This essay collection from the “bitches gotta eat” blogger and writer on Hulu’s Shrill is sure to make you laugh with glee and cry real tears.
With good humor, vulnerability, and boundless charm, Lindy boldly shares how to survive in a world where not all stories are created equal and not all bodies are treated with equal respect, and how to weather hatred, loneliness, harassment, and loss, and walk away laughing.
An essential collection that shines with the literary elegance, intellectual prowess, spiritual depth, and moral compass that’s made Toni Morrison our most cherished and enduring voice.
For the Many presents an inspiring look at how US women and their global allies pushed the nation and the world toward justice and greater equality for all. Reclaiming social democracy as one of the central threads of American feminism, Dorothy Sue Cobble offers a bold rewriting of twentieth-century feminist history and documents how forces, peoples, and ideas worldwide shaped American politics.
A gripping and triumphant tale of human compassion, All the Young Men is the true story of Ruth Coker Burks, a young single mother in Hot Springs, Arkansas, who finds herself driven to the forefront of the AIDS crisis, and becoming a pivotal activist in America's fight against AIDS.
The groundbreaking speeches of Greta Thunberg, the young climate activist who has become the voice of a generation, including her historic address to the United Nations.
In 2013, Alicia Garza wrote on Facebook what she called “a love letter to Black people,” in the aftermath of the acquittal of the man who murdered 17 year old Trayvon Martin. Garza wrote: Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter. This is the story of one woman’s lessons through years of bringing people together to create change.
No novel has given more pleasure than Pride and Prejudice. Because it is one of the great works in our literature, critics in every generation reexamine and reinterpret it. But the rest of us simply fall in love with it—and with its wonderfully charming and intelligent heroine, Elizabeth Bennet.
Jane Austen's most popular novel, the unforgettable story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy.
This deluxe edition brings to life the letters exchanged among Jane Austen's characters in Pride and Prejudice. Glassine pockets placed throughout the book contain removable replicas of 19 letters from the story.
From its inception in California in 1974 to its highly acclaimed critical success at Joseph Papp's Public Theater and on Broadway, the Obie Award-winning for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf has excited, inspired, and transformed audiences all over the country. Passionate and fearless, Shange's words reveal what it is to be of color and female in the 20th century.
National leader and bestselling author Stacey Abrams’ thriller is set within the halls of the U.S. Supreme Court, where a young law clerk finds herself embroiled in a shocking mystery plotted by one of the most preeminent judges in America.
An extraordinary story set in the first century about a woman who finds her voice and her destiny, from celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings.
A biography about seven extraordinary women, all immigrants, who left an indelible mark on the way Americans eat today. Taste Makers stretches from World War II to the present, with absorbing and deeply researched portraits of figures including Mexican-born Elena Zelayeta, a blind chef; Marcella Hazan, the deity of Italian cuisine; and Norma Shirley, a champion of Jamaican dishes.
In the years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, women in the workplace still found themselves relegated to secretarial positions or locked out of jobs entirely. This was especially true in the news business, a backwater of male chauvinism where a woman might be lucky to get a foothold on the “women’s pages.” But when National Public Radio came along in the 1970s, and the door to serious journalism opened a crack, four remarkable women came along and blew it off the hinges.This is their story.
As you read this deluxe edition of Little Women, you will find pockets throughout containing replicas of all 17 significant letters and paper ephemera from the story, re-created with beautiful calligraphy and painstaking attention to historical detail. Pull out each one, peruse its contents, and allow yourself to be transported to the parlor of the March family home.
Louisa May Alcott’s classic tale of four sisters in a deluxe hardcover edition for middle grade readers features beautiful cover illustrations by Anna Bond, the artist behind world-renowned stationery brand Rifle Paper Co.
Come laugh and cry with the March family in this beloved classic.
Part of Penguin's beautiful hardback “Clothbound Classics” series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, this collectible edition is bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design.
In Little Women: A Babylit® Playtime Primer, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy show your little one all kinds of ways to have fun, including singing, gardening, sewing, skating, and of course, reading!
Colliding with and confronting The Tempest and postcolonial identity, the poems in Safiya Sinclair's Cannibal explore Jamaican childhood and history, race relations in America, womanhood, otherness, and exile.
In this tribute to the woman who continues to demonstrate that feminism comes in coats of many colors, Smarsh tells readers how Dolly Parton’s songs have validated women who go unheard: the poor woman, the pregnant teenager, the struggling mother disparaged as “trailer trash.”
This exploration of Dolly Parton’s roles as musician, actor, author, philanthropist, and entrepreneur shows how her gender subversion highlights the challenges that can be found even in the most seemingly traditional form of American popular music. As Dolly depicts herself as simultaneously "real" and "fake," she offers new perspectives on country music's claims of authenticity.
“A must-read about modern Britain and womanhood . . . An impressive, fierce novel about the lives of black British families, their struggles, pains, laughter, longings and loves . . . Her style is passionate, razor-sharp, brimming with energy and humor. There is never a single moment of dullness in this book and the pace does not allow you to turn away from its momentum.” — Booker Prize Judges
In Women Rowing North, Pipher offers a timely examination of the cultural and developmental issues women face as they age. Drawing on her own experience as daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, caregiver, clinical psychologist, and cultural anthropologist, she explores ways women can cultivate resilient responses to the challenges they face.
Much has been written about Berdis Baldwin's son James, about Alberta King's son Martin Luther, and Louise Little's son Malcolm. But virtually nothing has been said about the extraordinary women who raised them. In her groundbreaking debut The Three Mothers, scholar Anna Malaika Tubbs celebrates Black motherhood by telling the story of the three women who raised and shaped some of America's most pivotal heroes.
This timeless volume, arranged by Oliver, showcases the beloved poet at her edifying best. Within these pages, she provides us with an extraordinary and invaluable collection of her passionate, perceptive, and much-treasured observations of the natural world.
The definitive biography that unlocks the remarkable story of Vivian Maier, the nanny who lived secretly as a world-class photographer, featuring nearly 400 of her images, many never seen before, placed for the first time in the context of her life.
This luminous, defining picture book biography tells the remarkable and inspiring story of acclaimed singer Nina Simone and her bold, defiant, and exultant legacy.
These twelve pieces, written from 1968 to 2000 yet never before gathered together, offer an illuminating glimpse into the mind and process of the legendary Joan Didion. They showcase her incisive reporting, her empathetic gaze, and her role as "an articulate witness to the most stubborn and intractable truths of our time" — The New York Times Book Review.
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When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man on December 1, 1955, she made history. Her brave act sparked the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott and brought the civil rights movement to national attention. In this young readers book, Rosa Parks describes her life from childhood to the present and recounts the events that shook the nation.
In her comic, scathing essay Rebecca Solnit takes on what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women. She writes about men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don't, about why this arises, and how this aspect of the gender wars works, airing some of her own hilariously awful encounters.
In this stunning bestseller praised as "our era's Handmaid's Tale," a fierce new power has emerged—and only women have it. — Washington Post
With Sleater-Kinney, Brownstein and her bandmates rose to prominence in the burgeoning underground feminist punk-rock movement that would define music and pop culture in the 1990s. They would be cited as “America’s best rock band” by music critic Greil Marcus for their defiant, exuberant brand of punk that resisted labels and limitations, and redefined notions of gender in rock.
When a banished witch falls in love with the legendary trickster Loki, she risks the wrath of the gods in this moving, subversive national bestselling debut novel that reimagines Norse mythology.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a children's book packed with 100 bedtime stories about the lives of extraordinary women from the past and the present, illustrated by 60 female artists from all over the world.
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Author Sam Maggs tells the stories of the brilliant and brainy women in history who broke barriers as scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers, and inventors. Included are interviews with women in STEM careers, an extensive bibliography, and a guide to women-centric science and technology organizations—all to show the many ways the geeky girls of today can help to build the future.
Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s graphic memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.
A chapter book edition of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai's bestselling story of courageously standing up for girls' education.
Throughout US history, there have been women who have spoken out for what's right, even when they have to fight to be heard. In this book, Chelsea Clinton celebrates thirteen American women who helped shape our country through their tenacity, sometimes through speaking out, sometimes by staying seated, sometimes by captivating an audience. They all certainly persisted.
She Persisted in Sports is a book for everyone who has ever aimed for a goal and been told it wasn't theirs to hit, for everyone who has ever raced for a finish line that seemed all too far away, and for everyone who has ever felt small or unimportant while out on the field.
In this chapter book biography readers learn about the amazing life of Ruby Bridges,and how she persisted. As a first grader, Ruby Bridges was the first Black student to integrate William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, Louisiana. This was no easy task, especially for a six-year-old. Ruby's bravery and perseverance inspired children and adults alike to fight for equality and social justice.
Throughout history, women have been told that science isn’t for them. They’ve been told that they’re not smart enough, or that their brains just aren’t able to handle it. In this book, Chelsea Clinton introduces readers to women scientists who didn’t listen to those who told them “no” and who used their smarts, their skills and their persistence to discover, invent, create and explain.
High on energy and imagination, this ode to self-esteem encourages kids to appreciate everything about themselves—inside and out. Messy hair? Beaver breath? So what! Here's a little girl who knows what really matters.
Throughout her career, spanning more than two decades, Jessica Hopper, a revered and pioneering music critic, has examined women recording and producing music, in all genres, through an intersectional feminist lens. The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic features oral histories of bands like Hole and Sleater Kinney, interviews with the women editors of 1970s-era Rolling Stone, and intimate conversations with iconic musicians such as Björk, Robyn, and Lido Pimienta.
Offering a beguiling view of the history of walking, Wanderers guides us through the different ways of seeing—of being—articulated by these ten pathfinding women.
Joni Mitchell may be the most influential female recording artist and composer of the late twentieth century. In Reckless Daughter, the music critic David Yaffe tells the remarkable, heart-wrenching story of how the blond girl with the guitar became a superstar of folk music in the 1960s, a key figure in the Laurel Canyon music scene of the 1970s, and the songwriter who spoke resonantly to, and for, audiences across the country.
Engaging the matriarchal structure of the beehive, Amanda Moore explores the various roles a woman plays in the family, the home, and the world at large. Beyond the productivity and excess, the sweetness and sting, Requeening brings together poems of motherhood and daughterhood, an evolving relationship of care and tending, responsibility and joy, dependence and deep love.
Test your trivia knowledge with these 300 word searches based on strong and powerful women throughout history—organized into 50 easy, 225 medium, and 25 difficult puzzles.
Over 100 exceptional and influential women describe how they embraced their creative spirit, overcame adversity, and sparked a global movement of entrepreneurship. Media titans and ceramicists, hoteliers and tattoo artists, comedians and architects—taken together, these profiles paint a beautiful picture of what happens when we pursue our passions and dreams.
In the vein of Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist and Issa Rae’s The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, but wholly its own, a provocative, humorous, and, at times, heartbreaking collection of essays on what it means to be Black, a woman, a mother, and a global citizen in today's ever-changing world.
Another wonderful picture book from the creators of Iggy Peck, Architect; Rosie Revere, Engineer; and Ada Twist, Scientist stars Sofia Valdez, a community leader who stands up for what she believes in!
Under certain conditions, small simple actions can produce large and complex "butterfly effects." Butterfly Politics shows how Catharine A. MacKinnon turned discrimination law into an effective tool against sexual abuse--grounding and predicting the worldwide #MeToo movement--and proposes concrete steps that could have further butterfly effects on women's right.
"I am excited to be publishing this new edition of my autobiography with Haymarket Books at a time when so many are making collective demands for radical change and are seeking a deeper understanding of the social movements of the past." — Angela Y. Davis
“This book is a beautiful object, but it’s also much more than that: an essay collection, a trove of recipes, a guidebook for how we might use food to fight for and further justice. The women in its pages remind us that it’s in the kitchen, in the field, and around the table that we do our most vital work as human beings—and that, now more than ever, we must.” — Molly Wizenberg, author of A Homemade Life and The Fixed Star
Poets, essayists, activists, actors, and professors address topics ranging from workplace harassment to resting bitch face and what it means to be a feminist.