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Women's Voices: Women's History Month Timeline

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 Light of Truth: Writings of an Anti-Lynching Crusader By Ida B. Wells, Mia Bay (Editor), Mia Bay (Introduction by), Mia Bay (Notes by), Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Series edited by) Cover Image
By Ida B. Wells, Mia Bay (Editor), Mia Bay (Introduction by), Mia Bay (Notes by), Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Series edited by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780143106821
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Published: Penguin Classics - November 25th, 2014

The writings of an early civil and women's rights pioneer. 


Uprising By Margaret Peterson Haddix Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781416911722
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - January 18th, 2011

A historical novel about young immigrant workers and the labor movement in America.


The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote By Elaine Weiss Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525429722
Published: Viking - March 6th, 2018

The battle for the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote.


Women, Race & Class By Angela Y. Davis Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780394713519
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Published: Vintage - February 12th, 1983

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.


Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady By Susan Quinn Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143110712
Published: Penguin Books - October 3rd, 2017

How an unlikely romance influenced some of the most consequential years in American history.


Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression By Mildred Armstrong Kalish Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553384246
Published: Bantam - April 29th, 2008

A captivating memoir about the struggles of average Americans in the thick of the Great Depression


Farewell to Manzanar By Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, James D. Houston (Illustrator), James D. Houston Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781328742117
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Published: Clarion Books - December 12th, 2023

A poignant memoir about the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.


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Coming of Age in Mississippi: The Classic Autobiography of Growing Up Poor and Black in the Rural South By Anne Moody Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780440314882
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Published: Dell - January 4th, 1992

Growing up poor and black in the Jim Crow South in the 40s and 50s.


Freedom's Daughters: The Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement from 1830 to 1970 By Lynne Olson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780684850139
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Published: Scribner - February 5th, 2002

The vital role that women--black and white--played in the civil rights movement.


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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks By Rebecca Skloot Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400052189
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Published: Crown - March 8th, 2011

The story of Lacks and her largely unsung contribution to modern medicine.


The Feminine Mystique By Betty Friedan, Gail Collins (Introduction by), Anna Quindlen (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Betty Friedan, Gail Collins (Introduction by), Anna Quindlen (Afterword by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780393346787
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 3rd, 2013

Groundbreaking classic that helped fire up the modern women’s movement.


Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers By Sarah Warren, Robert Casilla (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sarah Warren, Robert Casilla (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780761461074
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Published: Two Lions - April 1st, 2012

A stirring portrait of activist Huerta, focusing on her efforts to improve the lives of migrant workers.


Personal History: A Memoir By Katharine Graham Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375701047
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Published: Vintage - February 24th, 1998

The memoir of the woman who helmed the Washington Post during one of the most turbulent periods in the history of American media.


Lakota Woman By Mary Crow Dog, Richard Erdoes (With) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802145420
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Published: Grove Press - June 14th, 2011

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.


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Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space By Lynn Sherr Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476725772
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 24th, 2015

The definitive biography of Sally Ride, America's first woman in space.


Sandra Day O'Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice By Joan Biskupic Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060590192
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Published: Ecco - November 7th, 2006

A portrait of the first woman on the Supreme Court.


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The Distance Between Us: A Memoir By Reyna Grande Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451661781
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Published: Washington Square Press - March 12th, 2013

A beautifully-written memoir about the Mexican immigrant experience.


Speaking Truth to Power: A Memoir By Anita Hill Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385476270
Published: Anchor - October 20th, 1998

Anita Hill sparked a national conversation about sexual harassment in the workplace with her testimony in the Clarence Thomas hearings.


The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle By Lillian Faderman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451694123
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 27th, 2016

A sweeping story of the struggle for gay and lesbian rights by a scholar of lesbian history and literature.


Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology By Vivek Wadhwa, Farai Chideya Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781626814226
Published: Diversion Books - September 9th, 2014

Shines a light on the achievements of pioneering women in today's world of technology and innovation.


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When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir By Patrisse Cullors, asha bandele, Angela Davis (Foreword by) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250171085
Published: St. Martin's Press - January 16th, 2018

A powerful book by the co-founder of Black Lives Matter.


What Happened By Hillary Rodham Clinton Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501175565
Published: Simon & Schuster - September 12th, 2017

The first woman in US history to become the presidential nominee of a major political party recounts the 2016 campaign and election.