Women's History Month

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National Women’s History Month 2018 Theme: 
Nevertheless, She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

The 2018 National Women’s History theme presents the opportunity to honor women who have shaped America’s history and its future through their tireless commitment to ending discrimination against women and girls. The theme embodies women working together with strength, tenacity and courage to overcome obstacles and achieve joyful accomplishments. Read more about this year's theme and the women who are being honored by the National Women's History Project on the NWHP website.

History is our strength! Below are some of the many terrific books we recommend by and about incredible women.

We Should All Be Feminists Cover Image
$7.95
ISBN: 9781101911761
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Published: Anchor Books - February 3rd, 2015

The highly acclaimed, provocative New York Times bestseller--a personal, eloquently-argued essay, adapted from the much-admired TEDx talk of the same name--from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, award-winning author of Americanah. Here she offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness.


Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump's America Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250155504
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Published: Picador USA - October 3rd, 2017

Twenty-Three Leading Feminist Writers on Protest and Solidarity


Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You! Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781338136890
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Published: Scholastic Press - January 30th, 2018

Marley Dias, the powerhouse girl-wonder who started the #1000blackgirlbooks campaign, speaks to kids about her passion for making our world a better place, and how to make their dreams come true In this accessible guide with an introduction by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay, Marley Dias explores activism, social justice, volunteerism, equity and inclusion, and using social media fo


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Forty Autumns: A Family's Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062410320
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 15th, 2017

In this illuminating and deeply moving memoir, a former American military intelligence officer 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.


She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World Cover Image
By Chelsea Clinton, Alexandra Boiger (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524741723
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Published: Philomel Books - May 30th, 2017

Chelsea Clinton introduces tiny feminists, mini activists and little kids who are ready to take on the world to thirteen inspirational women who never took no for an answer, and who always, inevitably and without fail, persisted.


200 Women: Who Will Change the Way You See the World Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9781452166582
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 31st, 2017

Interviews with 200 women from a variety of backgrounds provide a snapshot of female life around the globe. Interviewees include:
- Jane Goodall, conservation and animal welfare activist
- Margaret Atwood, author and winner of The Booker Prize
- Roxane Gay, author and feminist
- Renee Montagne, former host of NPR's Morning Edition


Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616205867
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - January 24th, 2017

LET'S GET THE FEMINIST PARTY STARTED

Have you ever wanted to be a superheroine? Join a fandom? Create the perfect empowering playlist? Understand exactly what it means to be a feminist in the twenty-first century? You've come to the right place.


Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History Cover Image
By Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780399578861
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 27th, 2016

Educational and inspirational, this gift-worthy New York Times bestseller from the authors of Rad American Women A-Z, is a bold, illustrated collection of 40 biographical profiles showcasing extraordinary women from across the globe.


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Audacity Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780147512499
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Published: Speak - January 5th, 2016

A 2015 National Jewish Book Award finalist

The inspiring story of Clara Lemlich, whose fight for equal rights led to the largest strike by women in American history


Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780553511468
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - February 14th, 2017

A gorgeous, full-color oversized book about educating girls across the world inspired by the documentary that Entertainment Weekly says "every mother, sister, daughter, should see, as well as the men who love and support them." This is the right book for the present moment and perfect for fans of inspirational nonfiction such as I Am Malala and anyone who believes that one girl can change the world.


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Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062363602
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - December 6th, 2016

The #1 New York Times bestseller

The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner.


Women, Race, & Class Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780394713519
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Published: Vintage - February 12th, 1983

A powerful study of the women's liberation movement in the U.S., from abolitionist days to the present, that demonstrates how it has always been hampered by the racist and classist biases of its leaders. From the widely revered and legendary political activist and scholar Angela Davis.


Malala: Activist for Girls' Education Cover Image
By Raphaele Frier, Aurelia Fronty (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781580897853
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Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - February 7th, 2017

Malala Yousafzai stood up to the Taliban and fought for the right for all girls to receive an education. When she was just fifteen-years old, the Taliban attempted to kill Malala, but even this did not stop her activism. At age eighteen Malala became the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work to ensure the education of all children around the world.


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Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781476709130
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Published: Atria Books - December 2nd, 2014

New York Times Bestseller - Winner of the 2015 WOMEN'S WAY Book Prize - Goodreads Best of 2014 Semi-Finalist - Books for a Better Life Award Finalist - Lambda Literary Award Finalist - Time Magazine "30 Most Influential People on the Internet" - American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book


The Secret History of Wonder Woman Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780804173407
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Published: Vintage - July 7th, 2015

A riveting work of historical detection revealing that the origin of Wonder Woman, one of the world's most iconic superheroes, hides within it a fascinating family story--and a crucial history of twentieth-century feminism


Michelle Obama: A Life Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307949318
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Published: Vintage - January 26th, 2016

This is the inspiring story of a modern American icon, the first comprehensive account of the life and times of Michelle Obama. With disciplined reporting and a storyteller's eye for revealing detail, Peter Slevin follows Michelle to the White House from her working-class childhood on Chicago's largely segregated South Side.


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Bitch Planet Volume 1: Extraordinary Machine Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781632153661
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Published: Image Comics - October 20th, 2015

..".one of the most unique and subversive artifacts of pop culture in recent memory." - Salon.com

"Seldom do comics burst onto the scene and shatter our worldview by being entirely poignant, raw, and captivating - but then, most comics aren't Bitch Panet." - Entertainment Weekly


When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316014045
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 21st, 2010

Gail Collins, New York Times columnist and bestselling author, recounts the astounding revolution in women's lives over the past 50 years, with her usual -sly wit and unfussy style- (People).


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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Cover Image
By Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780345514400
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 21st, 2009

Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou's debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.


A Room of One's Own Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780156787338
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Published: Mariner Books - December 27th, 1989

Virginia Woolf's landmark inquiry into women's role in society


She Takes a Stand: 16 Fearless Activists Who Have Changed the World (Women of Action) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781613730263
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Published: Chicago Review Press - August 1st, 2015

In an age of "slacktivism" and fleeting social media fame, She Takes a Stand offers a realistic look at the game-changing decisions, high stakes, and bold actions of women and girls around the world working to improve their personal situations and the lives of others.


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In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from Over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781579655976
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Published: Artisan Publishers - October 4th, 2016

New York Times Bestseller

"I want to rip out every page of this glorious book and hang them on my wall so that I can be surrounded by these incredible women all day long."
--Emma Straub, New York Times bestselling author of The Vacationers and Modern Lovers


Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781580056229
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Published: Seal Press (CA) - March 8th, 2016

In the updated second edition of Whipping Girl, Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her diverse background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist, shares her powerful experiences and observations--both pre- and post-transition--to reveal the ways in which fear, suspicion, and dismissiveness toward femininity shape our societa


West with the Night: A Memoir Cover Image
By Beryl Markham, Sara Wheeler (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780865477636
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Published: North Point Press - January 22nd, 2013

A new edition of a great, underappreciated classic of our time


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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400052189
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Published: Broadway Books - March 8th, 2011

Now an HBO(R) Film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne


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Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls Cover Image
By Karen Finneyfrock (Editor), Mindy Nettifee (Editor), Rachel McKibbens (Editor)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781938912207
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Published: Write Bloody Publishing - March 15th, 2014

A collection of fierce, empowering poems by living, self-identified women writers intended for girls age 12-21. Full of advice, critique, reflection, commiseration, humor, sorrow and rage, this anthology includes poems by some of the most exciting female poets writing and performing today.


Men Explain Things to Me Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781608464661
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Published: Haymarket Books - September 1st, 2015

"This slim book--seven essays, punctuated by enigmatic, haunting paintings by Ana Teresa Fernandez--hums with power and wit."--Boston Globe

"The antidote to mansplaining."--The Stranger

"Feminist, frequently funny, unflinchingly honest and often scathing in its conclusions."--Salon


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Bad Feminist: Essays Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062282712
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 5th, 2014

From the author of Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, the New York Times Bestseller and Best Book of the Year at NPR, the Boston Globe, Newsweek, and many more

A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay.


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Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781632170576
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Published: Sasquatch Books - October 11th, 2016

A national bestseller, this gorgeously illustrated letterpress-inspired book combines feminist history with a vision for a better future. Dead Feminists is a lushly illustrated and inclusive celebration of inspiring women who transformed the world and created social change.


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Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781452153933
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 6th, 2016

Aphra Behn, first female professional writer. Sojourner Truth, activist and abolitionist. Ada Lovelace, first computer programmer. Marie Curie, first woman to win the Nobel Prize. Joan Jett, godmother of punk.


Strong Is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780761189138
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Published: Workman Publishing - March 7th, 2017

Girls being fearless. Girls being silly. Girls being wild, stubborn, and proud. Girls whose faces are smeared with dirt and lit up with joy. So simple and yet so powerful, Strong Is the New Pretty celebrates, through more than 175 memorable photographs, the strength and spirit of girls being 100% themselves.


 

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