In honor of Women's History Month, and in the spirit of our Women's Voices campaign, we have developed a brief timeline of powerful books, written by women, that speak to a particular historical moment or movement (since 1900).
Understanding that this list could never be exhaustive, we present these books as a starting point for an on-going conversation on women in history, and the perspective of women on history. Check out the books below, and let us know about the books that have spoken to you here.
The writings of an early civil and women's rights pioneer.
A historical novel about young immigrant workers and the labor movement in America.
The battle for the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote.
An expose of the women's movement in the context of the fight for civil rights and working class issues--from the anti-slavery campaign and the struggle for women's suffrage to more recent times.
How an unlikely romance influenced some of the most consequential years in American history.
A captivating memoir about the struggles of average Americans in the thick of the Great Depression
A poignant memoir about the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
Growing up poor and black in the Jim Crow South in the 40s and 50s.
The vital role that women--black and white--played in the civil rights movement.
The story of Lacks and her largely unsung contribution to modern medicine.
Groundbreaking classic that helped fire up the modern women’s movement.
A stirring portrait of activist Huerta, focusing on her efforts to improve the lives of migrant workers.
The memoir of the woman who helmed the Washington Post during one of the most turbulent periods in the history of American media.
A searing account of growing up Indian in America--including participating in the new American Indian Movement and the stand-off at Wounded Knee, South Dakota.
The definitive biography of Sally Ride, America's first woman in space.
A portrait of the first woman on the Supreme Court.
A beautifully-written memoir about the Mexican immigrant experience.
Anita Hill sparked a national conversation about sexual harassment in the workplace with her testimony in the Clarence Thomas hearings.
A sweeping story of the struggle for gay and lesbian rights by a scholar of lesbian history and literature.
Shines a light on the achievements of pioneering women in today's world of technology and innovation.
A powerful book by the co-founder of Black Lives Matter.
The first woman in US history to become the presidential nominee of a major political party recounts the 2016 campaign and election.