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Women's History Month Booklist: Books and eBooks

Celebrate National Women's History Month by reading.

March is National Women's History Month

Wonder woman with text Women's History MonthThe 2017 theme for National Women’s History Month honors women who have successfully challenged the role of women in both business and the paid labor force. Women have always worked, but often their work has been undervalued and unpaid.

Learn more about the Women's History Month and celebrate women's vital role by reading about them. A small sample of books and ebooks are displayed in the box on the right. 

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My Life, My Love, My Legacy

One of the most intriguing activists and artists of the twentieth century, Shirley Graham Du Bois also remains one of the least studied and understood. In Race Woman, the author draws a revealing portrait of this controvertial figure who championed the civil rights movement in America, the liberation struggles in Africa and the socialist struggles in Maoist China.

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Bad Feminist: Essays

In these sharp, funny, and insightful essays from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman of color and comments on the state of feminism today. The portrait that emerges is not only of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but an inspiring call to arms of all the ways we still need to do better.

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A House of My Own

a richly illustrated compilation of true stories and nonfiction pieces that, taken together, form a jigsaw autobiography: an intimate album of a literary legend's life and career. From the Chicago neighborhoods where she grew up and set her groundbreaking The House on Mango Street to her abode in Mexico, in a region where "my ancestors lived for centuries," the places Sandra Cisneros has lived have provided inspiration for her now-classic works of fiction and poetry. But a house of her own, where she could truly take root, has eluded her.

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The Invention of Wings

Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd has crafted a masterpiece of hope, daring, and the quest for freedom. Set in the years just before the Civil War, this exquisitely written novel is an unswerving look at a devastating wound in American history through the eyes of two sisters whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.

McNaughton Collection: Shelved by Author

Americanah

A young woman from Nigeria leaves behind her home and her first love to start a new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all she expected.

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Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women's voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In this book the author examines why women's progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.

McNaughton Collection: Shelved by Author

Las Mamis: favorite Latino authors remember their mothers

Some of our most admired Latino authors share memories of their mothers. Las Mamis brings to life fourteen remarkable women in sometimes poignant, sometimes hilarious stories about the ups and downs of families from Kansas to Colombia and Boston to Mexico City.

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Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space

The definitive biography of Sally Ride, America's first woman in space, with exclusive insights from Ride's family and partner, by the ABC reporter who covered NASA during its transformation from a test-pilot boys' club to a more inclusive elite.

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The Joy Luck Club

There are so many things that a mother wishes to teach her daughter. How to lose your innoncence but not your hope. How to keep hoping, when hope is your only joy. How to laugh for ever. This is the story of four mothers and their daughters - Chinese-American women, the mothers born in China, and the daughters born in America. Through their eyes we see life in pre-Revolutionary China, and life in downtown San Francisco; women struggling to find a cultural identity that can include a past and a future half a world apart.

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Rosalind Franklin: the Dark Lady of DNA

When you think DNA, you probably think of Watson and Crick. Yet, the discovery was in large part also that of Rosalind Franklin, a biophysicist and X-Ray crystallographer. Her premature death at the age of 37 made her ineligible to win the Nobel Prize alongside her compatriots, but her work revolutionized the field of genetics.

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I Am Malala

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

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When Everything Changed: the Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present

Tells how American women got from there to here, in politics, fashion, economics, sex, families and work in the past five decades.

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Mapping Arab Women's Movements

This pioneering collection of analyses focuses on the ideologies and activities of formal women's organizations and informal women's groups across a range of Arab countries.

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Women's Movements in the Global Era: the Power of Local Feminisms (Click on title to read)

A study of the genesis, growth, gains, and dilemmas of women's movements in countries throughout the world, focusing on the Global South, where womens movements have engaged in complex negotiations with national and international forces. It challenges widely held assumptions about the Western origins and character of local feminisms. All the authors locate womens movements within the terrain from which they emerged by exploring their relationships with the state, civil society, and other social movements.

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