Women's Voices


Bookshop Santa Cruz is excited to announce a new, year-long programming effort called Women’s Voices whose aim is to elevate the voices of women writers, further the dialogue around issues facing women today, and create a community conversation about equality in Santa Cruz through books.

We are at an important moment of our history with an international focus on the reality of women today and a call to action for equality. Through book selections, author events, reading challenges, children’s programming, and community building events, Bookshop hopes that we help continue to focus attention on these important issues and help customers discover (or rediscover) books that further this national and local conversation.

Each month throughout the year, Bookshop Santa Cruz will highlight a book, written by a female author, that we invite everyone in Santa Cruz to read. This Women’s Voices Selection, be it fiction or nonfiction, will strive to get people talking about feminism today and will come with an action list that will help transform that dialogue and inquiry into engagement for equality in our community.

Look for the Women's Voices logo in the store and online to bring your attention to featured books and events.

We hope you will join us to listen, reflect, and take inspiration from the women speaking up for change and equality in this 21st century.





The Female Perusasion by Meg Wolitzer

Join us for a discussion and book signing with the author on Thursday, April 12th, at 7:00. Details here.

We have selected bestselling author Meg Wolitzer's new novel, The Female Persuasion, which Kirkus Reviews calls, "The perfect feminist blockbuster for our times." (starred review)

Inspired by the storyline of The Female Persuasion, Bookshop asked feminists from different generations to recommend books to each other. What books should young feminists read to understand the history of the movement? What books do young feminists feel represent the issues facing young feminists today? Read our contributors' recommendations here. Join the conversation: What books would you recommend? Let us know here.





Forty Autumns by Nina Willner

We have selected the powerful memoir Forty Autumns as our Women’s Voices selection for March, which is Women’s History Month. Nina Willner’s book goes beyond traditional Cold War espionage tales to tell the true story of her family—of five women separated by the Iron Curtain for more than forty years, and their miraculous reunion after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Forty Autumns makes visceral the pain and longing of one family forced to live apart in a world divided by two. “In this increasingly tumultuous modern era when borders, both theoretical and physical, have once again become the front lines of critical issues such as immigration reform, pervasive prejudice and terrorism, stories like Willner’s are especially important.” — BookReporter

Read other voices of women throughout history: See our timeline of books about U.S. History (since 1900). Add to the conversation: Recommend books that have spoken to you about women in history.


This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America by Morgan Jerkins

Join us for a discussion and book signing with the author on Friday, February 23rd, at 7:00. Details here.

From one of the fiercest critics writing today, Morgan Jerkins' highly-anticipated collection of linked essays interweaves her incisive commentary on pop culture, feminism, black history, misogyny, and racism with her own experiences to confront the very real challenges of being a black woman today. Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, says, "Jerkins’s debut collection of essays forces readers to reckon with the humanity black women have consistently been denied. Her writing is personal, inviting, and fearless as she explores the racism and sexism black women face in America... [a] gorgeous and powerful collection.”



Since it is important to not only read about issues, but take action on them in everyday life, we have come up with a list of challenges to keep us focused and make a difference throughout this campaign. See our Women's Voices Challenges list.


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