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Women's History Month

 

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

With this year's theme of Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence, the National Women's History Project is honoring women who have led efforts to end war, violence, and injustice and pioneered the use of nonviolence to change society. These Honorees embraced the fact that the means determine the ends and so developed nonviolent methods to ensure just and peaceful results. Read more about this year's theme and the women who are being honored on the NWHP website.

Learn more about the history and celebration of Women's History Month here.

 

The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143128991
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Published: Penguin Books - March 5th, 2019

"Both a page-turning drama and an inspiration for every reader" -- Hillary Rodham Clinton

Soon to be a major television event, the nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political battles in American history: the ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote.


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Becoming Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781524763138
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Published: Crown - November 13th, 2018

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States
 
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER


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Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501181795
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 2nd, 2018

***NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER***

***BEST BOOKS OF 2018 SELECTION BY***
* WASHINGTON POST * People * NPR * ESQUIRE * ELLE * WIRED * REFINERY 29 *

“In a year when issues of gender and sexuality dominated the national conversation, no one shaped that exchange more than Rebecca Traister.


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My Own Words Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501145254
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 7th, 2018

The New York Times bestselling book from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—“a comprehensive look inside her brilliantly analytical, entertainingly wry mind, revealing the fascinating life of one of our generation's most influential voices in both law and public opinion” (Harper’s Bazaar).

My Own Words “showcases Ruth Ginsburg


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

The highly acclaimed, provocative New York Times bestseller from the award-winning author of Americanah, “one of the world’s great contemporary writers” (Barack Obama).


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My Beloved World Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780345804839
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Published: Vintage - January 7th, 2014

Destined to become a classic of self-invention and self-discovery--an inspiring gift for any new graduate.


Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You! Cover Image
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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 med


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.
 


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?


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.
 


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
$16.95
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 Raphaële Frier, Aurélia Fronty (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781580897853
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Published: Charlesbridge - 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
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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

In her profound and courageous


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The Secret History of Wonder Woman Cover Image
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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


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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


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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
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ISBN: 9780156787338
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Published: Mariner Books - December 27th, 1989

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

 

In A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf imagines that Shakespeare had a sister—a sister equal to Shakespeare in talent, and equal in genius, but whose legacy is radically different. This imaginary woman never writes a word and dies by her own hand, her genius unexpressed.


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 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.
 
This inspiring collection of short biographies features the stories of extraordinary figur


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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 - 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


Over 100 exceptio


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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 - March 8th, 2016

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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® Film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER


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Men Explain Things to Me Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781608464661
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Published: Haymarket Books - September 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
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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.
 


Strong Is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780761189138
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - 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.


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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 - March 8th, 2016

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Shrill Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316348461
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Published: Hachette Books - February 28th, 2017

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY:
NPR,
ESQUIRE, The LA Times, and NEWSWEEK

WINNER OF THE STRANGER GENIUS AWARD


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The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781492650959
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Published: Sourcebooks - March 6th, 2018

A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller

"the glowing ghosts of the radium girls haunt us still."--NPR Books

The incredible true story of the women who fought America's Undark danger


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Brown Girl Dreaming Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780147515827
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Published: Puffin Books - October 11th, 2016

Jacqueline Woodson's National Book Award and Newbery Honor winner, now available in paperback with 7 all-new poems.

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

A President Obama "O" Book Club pick